Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Shepherd's Pie

Meaty pie with a mashed potato crust.

Shepherd's Pie
Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

I've  heard long ago there are two versions of this pie. If you make it with minced lamb, it is a Shepherd's Pie, and if you make it with beef, it is a Cottage Pie. This version uises lamb, but if you wish to substitute minced beef, you can easily do so.
This makes a hearty main dish that is a favorite with many people.
The list of "ings" may seem a little longer than some, but every bit of it adds flavor to the meat.


  • 1 pound ground/mince lamb
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrots
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped fresh green beans
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kitchen bouquet
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4  cup shredded white cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook the potatoes in boiling salted water until just fork tender; drain.
  3. Brown the lamb in a nonstick skillet (add a little oil if you need to but it may not need it- lamb mince varies in the amount of fat).
  4. When the lamb is browned, drain off excess fat leaving just a tiny bit and add the onions, carrots, marjoram, garlic, black pepper, and salt, cooking just till the onions are tender.
  5. Stir in the broth, green beans, ground mustard, Worcestershire sauce, kitchen bouquet and tomato paste, and simmer until green beans are tender.
  6. While the mix with beans is finishing up, mash the potatoes and stir in the egg, butter, and salt and black pepper to taste.
  7. Place the meat mixture in the bottom  of a 2 quart buttered/pam sprayed casserole and top  with the mashed potato mix. 
  8. Sprinkle with grated cheese.
  9. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes or more (until the top is lightly browned).

Serves 3-4

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