Shepherd's or Cottage Pie

Shepherd's Or Cottage Pie Recipe

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Annamaria Settanni McDonald


Stick to your bones Shepherd's or Cottage Pie. The tradition is that if using ground lamb it is called Shepherd's pie, if using ground beef it is called Cottage Pie. This is something that is served at our local Irish Pubs. My husband loving it so much requested me to make it at home.


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4-6 people
40 Min
40 Min


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2 1/2 lb
potatoes peeled and halved
3 Tbsp
1/2 c
salt to taste
1/2 c
shredded cheddar cheese


2 lb
lean ground beef or lean ground lamb or mix of both
salt & pepper to taste
2 Tbsp
onion chopped
8 oz
sliced mushrooms (optional)
2 clove
minced garlic
3 Tbsp
2 1/2 c
beef broth
1 lb
frozen peas and carrots


1 c
shredded cheddar cheese

How to Make Shepherd's or Cottage Pie


  • 1Boil potatoes in salted water until potatoes are very tender. Drain potatoes and add milk, butter, salt to taste and cheese. Mash just until blended, set aside.
  • 2In non stick skillet brown ground meat. Drain any access fat if not using lean meat and transfer to a bowl and set aside. In same skillet melt butter and sautee onion for 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and pinch of salt, cook until mushrooms are golden. Then add minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add meat back into pan, mix around and then mix in flour to make a simple rue. Cook for 5 minutes. Add beef broth and simmer until thickened and reduced, about 10 minutes or so. Add peas and carrots.
  • 3Place filling into a 4 quart baking dish.
  • 4Layer mashed potatoes on top of filling and spread evenly around with tip of fork. Top with 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese and bake in oven at 375'F for 40 minutes and crust is golden brown.

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