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How To Make Delicious Shepherd's Pie

Updated on May 9, 2016

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Finished Shepherd's Pie
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Shepherd's Pie Recipe

So You want to make Delicious Shepherd's Pie I'll show you how quick and easy. Shepherd's Pie is a very tasty dish, British in origin. Adapted changed and made the world over it is a popular favourite that is quick and simple to make in all its many wonderful and varied forms. This recipe of Shepherd's Pie will be the traditional British version Shepherd's Pie but feel free to change it for your particular tastes, after all the beauty of Shepherd's Pie is that it is cheap to make and can use ingredients and leftovers found in the home that are easily available.

Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

Based on a medium sized Casserole Dish

  • 4 Large, 5/6 Medium sized potatoes.
  • 1 1/2 Ibs of Ground Lamb or Ground Beef.
  • 1 chopped onion.
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter.
  • 3/4 cup of peas.
  • 3/4 cup of chopped carrots.
  • 3/4 cup of sweet corn.
  • 1 cup of beef broth/thin gravy.
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce or Hendersons Relish.
  • Tablespoon of Curry powder.(not traditional but adds to flavour)
  • Salt Pepper, Herbs of Choice.

Shepherd's Pie Beef or Lamb?

Purists will tell you that Shepherd's Pie should be made with Lamb as Shepherd's look after sheep they will say that if you use Beef it is Cottage Pie. I live in England have done so all my life and I've eaten Shepherd's Pie thousands of times In fact I was brought up on it especially during the Miners Strike when times were hard and resources low, we would have it three times a week!

There are many regional variations in the UK we can't agree with ourselves so don't let anyone tell you there is one pure definitive way of making Shepherd's pie. My Gran and Mum made it different ways and they lived next to each other! Use this Shepherd's Pie recipe as a guide adapt it or stick to it rigidly the choice is yours. If anyone tells you it has to be made with lamb, politely point out to them that it is just as likely that Beef or even Rabbit was used because most Shepherd's Couldn't afford to eat there own Lambs, and that it is called Shepherd's Pie because it was quick and easy to make with left over cuts of meat. So the Shepherd's could get back to their flocks. The point is no one knows so don't get hung up on it. Now back to Shepherd's Pie my version and tasty version.

Shepherd's Pie Cooking

Peel you potatoes chop up into several pieces and place in boiling water for around 20-25mins.

Put two tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan or Wok on a medium heat. Add your chopped onion if you are using fresh carrots or frozen put in with onions from the beginning. If using tinned carrots you can add them with the rest of the veg.

Sauté your onions until translucent and tender, 10 minutes should be fine on a low to medium heat be careful not to burn you just want them slightly Tender they will cook more as we progress, making our Shepherds Pie.

Now add in your meat or vegetarian alternative of choice and cook until no longer pink. While that's cooking prepare your beef stock.

Now add in your remaining veg a sprinkling of salt, pepper seasoning of choice and herbs and tablespoon of curry powder and pour in half a cup of beef stock. Leave to simmer on a low heat.

Drain your potatoes add two tablespoons of butter and a very small splash of milk and a pinch of salt. Mash your potatoes you need to get rid of the lumps but keep them firm not too creamy.

Transfer your frying pan contents to a casserole dish use a serving spoon with holes if you have excess moisture or fat from the meat. spread out the mixture to evenly coat the dish and then add the rest of your beef stock evenly to moisten your mixture you don't want it too dry before it goes in the oven.

Evenly spread your mash potatoes over your meat and veg mixture. Run a fork over the top of the mash to create dips and troughs this will produce that lovely browning effect to the top of your mash once it is in the oven.

If you want to add cheese to the top of your mash depending on your personal preference sprinkle it on top now. I recommend Cheddar for this purpose if it is available.

Put your Pre cooked Shepherd's Pie in a preheated oven for around 30 minutes at 220C until your mixture is bubbling away and your mash top is a lovely golden brown. You can grill for a couple of minutes if needs be to brown. Be careful not to burn.

Behold your lovingly crafted Shepherd's Pie is made. Serve on a bed of Cabbage with broccoli or my favourite honey roast parsnips and gravy, whatever takes your fancy. Hope you enjoy your Shepherd's Pie. Let me know how you get on or if you have suggestions of your own for making a Shepherd's Pie I'd be happy to hear them.


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      Francesca27 2 years ago from Hub Page

      I've been wanting a good shepherd's pie recipe. I'll give your recipe a try. Thanks for taking the time to write this hub.

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    • wadestar profile image

      wadestar 6 years ago from uk-lincolnshire

      Thank you, you're very kind:-)

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      jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

      looks tempting. =) nice presentation. =)