Shepherd's Pie

Sue Stone


Posted for Culinary Quest - Ireland


★★★★★ 3 votes

4 to 6
45 Min
1 Hr 45 Min


  • 3 medium
    russet potatoes (1-1/2 lbs.), peeled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 5 Tbsp
    butter, divided
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 tsp
    salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp
    black pepper, divided
  • 2 medium
    onions, chopped
  • 2 medium
    carrots, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 1-1/2 lb
    ground lamb
  • 3 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1-1/2 c
    beef broth, reduced sodium
  • 1/2 c
    frozen peas

How to Make Shepherd's Pie


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a 1-1/2 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Place potatoes in large saucepan; add cold water to cover by 2". Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cook 16 to 18 minutes or until tender. Drain potatoes; return to saucepan.
  3. In a small saucepan, heat milk over medium-high heat until hot. Add 3 Tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook until butter is melted. Pour milk mixture into saucepan with potatoes; mash until smooth. Set aside.
  4. Melt remaining 2 Tablespoons butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and thyme; cook 8 to 10 minutes or until vegetables are softened but not browned, stirring occasionally. Add lamb; cook over medium-high heat 4 minutes or until no longer pink. Drain excess fat. Return skillet to heat; cook lamb 5 to 6 additional minutes or until lamb is lightly browned. Add tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce; cook 1 minute. Stir in broth; bring to a boil and cook 7 to 8 minutes or until nearly evaporated. Stir in peas, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; cook 1 minute. Transfer mixture to prepared baking dish.
  5. Spread mashed potatoes in an even layer over the lamb mixture; use spatula to swirl potatoes or fork to make crosshatch design on top.
  6. Bake about 35 minutes or until filling is hot and bubbly and potatoes begin to brown.

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About Shepherd's Pie

Course/Dish: Other Main Dishes
Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: UK/Ireland

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