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Swineherd's Pie: Pork Equivalent of Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie

Updated on August 7, 2013
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Gordon loves cooking and experimenting with food. He loves making new dishes, particularly with unusual or underused ingredients.

A cottage pie is a pie made with minced or ground beef, a shepherd's pie is a pie made with minced or ground lamb - so I got to wondering a few days ago what one would call a pie made from minced or ground pork? Do you agree that "Swineherd's Pie" is an appropriate title for it? I hope so. Let's therefore take a look at how I set about making my version of a swineherd's pie...

Swineherd's Pie - The Ingredients

In order to make this delicious pie, you will need:

1lb of minced/ground pork

2lb of poatoes (gross weight)

1 medium sized carrot (diced)

1 small white onion (peeled and finely chopped)

2 cloves of garlic (crushed or very finely chopped)

1 green apple (I used a Granny Smith, cored, peeled and diced)

1tsp fresh chopped sage leaves (or half tsp dried)

Salt and pepper to taste

Swineherd's Pie - The Method

Brown the pork in a large, non-stick saucepan. Add the garlic, carrot, onion and apple and simmer for fifteen to twenty minutes, stirring frequently. Note that there is no requirement to add any fat or oil at any stage.

Peel and chop the potatoes and boil until soft. Mash or puree them with a little butter. Put the pork mixture in to a large, oven-proof dish and spread the potato evenly over the top. A fork can be used to create a pattern on top to make for greater presentation.

Place the dish in to an oven pre-heated to 200 degrees celsius or equivalent. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes until the pie starts to brown on top. Serve with your choice of fresh vegetables.

Will you try making a swineherd's pie?

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    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      6 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, moonlake. I hope it's something you enjoy.

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      6 years ago from America

      This looks good. I just have to tweet it and I also voted up.

    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      7 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Hello, Marcy.

      I was confused about the difference between cottage pie and shepherds pie myself for many years - until I heard a top chef explain the difference on a TV cooking show a few years ago! Turkey sounds like a great ingredient to use and is of course much healthier with less fat.

      Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      7 years ago from Planet Earth

      I didn't know until I read this that I've actually been making cottage pie rather than shepard's pie all these years! Well, it started out with beef, but I now use ground turkey, which probably makes it a blasphemous corruption of the real recipe. And I use corn rather than carrots. There's no hope for my redemption. Very interesting hub - I'm glad to learn more about one of my favorite comfort foods. Voted up and interesting.

    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      8 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Thank you, ytsenoh. I hope this is something you will try.

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      8 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

      I thought you did a great job in your whole hub here with the presentation of your recipe. Thanks much.

    • Gordon Hamilton profile imageAUTHOR

      Gordon Hamilton 

      8 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      That's a good name for it, Lady! So long as you enjoy it, however, the name doesn't matter too much. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

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      8 years ago

      I call mine Hog Pie - somehow conjours up a nice warm fireside feel for me - whilst in reality living in concrete!!


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