Where shepherd’s pie starts
Shepherd’s Pie comes to us from England, and is traditionally made with lamb or mutton. Here in the states we are more of a beef eating culture than a lamb eating one, and when one is served “shepherd’s pie” here, it is most often made with ground beef.
In England (and Australia and New Zealand) they would call the beef dish a “cottage pie” and the lamb dish “shepherd’s pie”.
Regardless of what you call it, a shepherd’s pie is basically a casserole with a layer of cooked meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and baked in the oven until the the mashed potatoes are well browned.
HERE ARE SOME OF SIMPLE STEPS THAT I MAKE MY SHEPHERD’S PIE
- potatoes (about 8 large potatoes), peeled and quartered
- 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter or vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas,green beans
- 1 1/2 lbs ground round beef or mince meat
- Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice
- 1 or 1/2 cup of full cream milk
- 1 egg
- mozzarella cheese