Shepherd’s pie is a popular meat and potatoes dish. Traditionally, “shepherd’s pie” is made with lamb. There are numerous variations. When beef is substituted for the lamb the dish is actually “cottage pie”. However, many people in the United States refer to cottage pie as shepherd’s pie. Onions and other vegetables are mixed with either beef or lamb, then topped with mashed potatoes (and sometimes cheese) to make cottage or shepherd’s pie. The following recipe uses ground beef.
- A knife
- A large skillet
- A cooking spoon
- A 9×13 baking dish
- Non-stick cooking spray
- 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef
- 1 large onion (diced)
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves (crushed or minced)
- 2 teaspoons of salt (or to taste)
- 2 teaspoons of pepper (or to taste)
- 2 tablespoons of garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 can of corn (drained)
- 1 can of French-style green beans (drained)
- 1 can of chopped or diced carrots (drained)
- 2 packages of instant mashed potatoes (prepared according to the package directions) OR 32 ounces [4 cups] of peeled, cooked, and mashed potatoes
- 2 tablespoons of dried parsley
- 8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
- Cook the ground beef in a large skillet; drain the excess fat.
- Season the drained ground beef with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Stir the drained cans of corn, green beans, and carrots into the seasoned ground beef.
- Spread a thin layer of the cooked mashed potatoes on the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
- Layer the cooked ground beef and vegetable mixture on top of the thin layer of mashed potatoes.
- Top the beef and vegetable mixture with the remaining mashed potatoes; spread it evenly to cover the beef and vegetable mixture.
- Bake the beef, vegetables, and mashed potatoes for about 20 minutes (until heated through) in an oven pre-heated to 350ºF.
- Remove the dish from the oven after 20 minutes and sprinkle the cheddar cheese evenly on top; then sprinkle the parsley on evenly.
- Return the dish to the oven and bake for another 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
- Remove the dish from the oven; serve the shepherd’s pie warm.
The ingredients in cottage or shepherd’s pie can be varied. Seasoned or flavored mashed potatoes can be used. Celery could be used in place of, or in addition to, onions. Green peas could be used instead of green beans. Ground turkey or ground chicken could be substituted for those who choose not to eat red meat.