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Easy Homemade Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Updated on September 14, 2012
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Since I’m American, this is not an authentic Shepherd’s Pie recipe, but I have tried quite a few times to make my own version of it and after many attempts, this is the one that I like the most.Enjoy!

Use a large baking or casserole dish with a 2-3 inch depth.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees f.


6 large russet potatoes (peeled and quartered)

½ cup whole or vitamin D milk

1 stick (8 tablespoons/ ½ cup) of butter

1 large onion (diced)

2 large carrots (diced)

3 medium celery stalks (diced)

4—6 cloves garlic (minced) (optional)

1 lb. lamb (ground)

1 lb. sausage (ground) (in some markets you can buy it in bulk, w/ no casing)

1—2 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce (to taste)

1—2 tbsp. of London Pub Steak & Chop sauce (taste)

1 tsp. Pepper

1 tsp. Marjoram

1 tsp. Oregano

1 cup shredded fresh parmesan cheese

*Note: The herb amounts are approximate, you can use as little or as much as you wish; the same goes for the Worcestershire and London Pub sauces. I have used as much as 2 tbsp. each of the sauces, but you might find it too much. The garlic is optional; this recipe works well with it and without it.


1. In a large pot of boiling water boil potatoes until fork tender (about 15-20 minutes). Note: the smaller pieces the potatoes are cut into the quicker they will cook.

2. Mash cooked potatoes together with butter and milk until whipped and smooth. Add pepper if desired.

3. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the diced onions, carrots, celery and garlic until translucent; about 8 minutes.

4. Add lamb, sausage, Worcestershire sauce, London Pub sauce, pepper, marjoram, and oregano to the skillet. Cook until meat is browned.

5. Spread cooked meat mixture into baking/casserole dish.

6. Spread mashed potatoes over the meat.

7. Sprinkle shredded cheese over the potatoes.

8. Bake uncovered in oven for 45 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown.

9. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes before serving.


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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thanks for reading!

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      stessily 5 years ago

      Your version sounds scrumptious! Including sausage is an interesting addition; it certainly would impart such an intriguing flavour! I always go heavy on Worcestershire sauce; the more the merrier.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Give it a try and see what you think. Thanks for reading!

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      Anastasia Kingsley 5 years ago from Croatia, Europe

      I made Shepherd's pie last week for the first time, winging in on substitutions (like parmesan cheese, mashed potatoes and carrots from the Sunday soup pot, etc) and it still turned out good. Your version sounds like a masterpiece! Will have to try it - thanks for sharing! !

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA


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      Abigail Richards 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love Sheperd's Pie! It's a Great British Classic, but it's nice to hear an american take on it. I will have to try it. Voted up.

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      Deenygirl 5 years ago from Levittown PA


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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Give it a try. I hope you like it!

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      MadWhiteWaitress 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious! I've only made shepard's pie twice, and both times I found it a bit bland and uninteresting. I deffinately plan to give this a go! Using sausage instead of hamburger will deffinately kick it up a notch... I've never cooked with or eaten lamb, so I am a bit leery to try that.. However I have been incorperating Sausage in my stuffed green peppers, and other recipes, and it just adds a totally different flavor than plain old hamburger! =) I will consider trying lamb, not sure what I'm so scared of, I've eaten deer meat before even. =)

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      Edgar Arkham 5 years ago from San Jose, CA

      Thanks, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It took me awhile to find something that worked well, and this one works for me.

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hi, Edgar. I love your recipe for shepherd's pie. I've never heard of putting sausage meat in it before but it sounds great and I'm a firm believer in experimentation with food. I also love the layout of your Hub and your very precise and easy to follow instructions.