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How To Make Shepherd’s Pie Using This Simple Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie is an English delicacy and is traditionally made with lamb or mutton.

In England (Australia and New Zealand too) if the pie is made with ground beef as done by Americans, they would call it 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 mashed potatoes are well browned.

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Here are the ingredients and a simple method of preparation:


1 1/2 to 2 pounds potatoes (about 3 large potatoes), peeled and quartered

8 Tablespoons (1 stick) butter

1 medium onion, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

1-2 cups vegetables—diced carrots, corn, peas

1 1/2 lbs ground round beef

1/2 cup beef broth

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice



  • In a large saucepan, heat the dripping or oil. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a large frying pan, heat a little olive oil and fry the mince, stirring, until browned all over. While the meat is frying, break up any lumps with the back of the spoon.

  • Stir the onions, then add the flour (this helps to thicken the juices) and stir. Add the bay leaves, thyme and the anchovy and stir. Add the chopped tomatoes, stock (keep a little aside, for putting into the mince pan to de-glaze the pan) and Worcestershire sauce.

  • Add the cooked mince and then pour the stock mixture into empty mince pan, scraping off any bits of mince left in the pan. Pour the remaining stock into the pan containing the sauce mixture. Bring the mixture to the boil, adding a pinch of salt and pepper and let it simmer for about 45 minutes, stirring regularly.

  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C Fan/Gas 6.

  • For the mash, boil the potatoes until tender. Drain, add the milk, butter and egg yolk, then mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Pour the meat into a 1.4-litre/2½-pint ovenproof dish and spread the mash on top, smooth over and mark with a spatula.

  • Put the dish into the oven and cook until the surface is golden-brown.

Your shepherd’s pie is ready to be served!


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