Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie

If you’re in the mood for a  flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, this Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot, dead on at dinner. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection.

Our family doesn’t wait around for Saint Patrick’s Day to make a Shepherd’s Pie, we make this lovely casserole all year around friends. I love it. Often I use ground lean beef, but we really love it with ground lamb much better. However, for some reason, Central Florida markets don’t the ground lamb full-time.

 

If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, this Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot, dead on at dinner. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection

Don’t get me wrong Y’all when it comes to Saint Patrick’s day we love our Irish recipes, however, we are usually cooking up some other tasty recipes like Dublin Lawyer, Irish Beef and Guinness Stew, Mussels in Guinness & Garlic Sauce, or Dublin Coddle, and of course Irish Soda Bread. Shepherd’s Pie is our normal go-to for any occasion.

Do you see the design on the top of my Shepherd’s Pie? It’s super simple to make. All I do is use a serving fork and make lines one way on the casserole and then come across the opposite way about every inch or so. So just run it lengthwise of the casserole and then about every inch or so widthwise. Easy peasy, compared to piping mashed potatoes on the top.

 

If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, this Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot, dead on at dinner. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection

Look how hearty and delicious this flavorful Shepherd’s Pie looks. Notice how nicely it cuts? That’s right Y’all, it doesn’t look like a pile of messiness on a plate. I usually wait at least 15 minutes or so before serving so it has a chance to set up a little bit so that it doesn’t look like a mess when I serve it.

If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, this Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot, dead on at dinner. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection

There are a few things you will need on hand when making this recipe, all of them can easily be purchased at your local markets except for the ground lamb we never have any issues with the ingredients in this recipe for Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie.

Things Needed:

For the potatoes

  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/2 of a cup grated Irish cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the meat filling

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or lean beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons organic tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic peas

 

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If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, this Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot, dead on at dinner. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection
Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr 30 mins
 

A flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, Shepherd’s Pie aka Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: English, Irish
Keyword: Cottage Pie
Servings: 8
Author: Heidy L. McCallum
Ingredients
For the potatoes
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1/2 of a cup grated Irish cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the meat filling
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb or lean beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic peas
Instructions
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut. Place in a medium pan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, bring the potatoes to a boil. Once boiling, , decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender, approximately 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and the butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave, about 35 seconds. Drain the cooked potatoes, then return to the pan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, unsalted butter, salt and fresh ground pepper and continue to mash until smooth.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  3. While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the meat filling. Place the olive oil into a large saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the heats, add the chopped onion and diced carrots and saute just until they begin to soften, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the ground lamb or lean ground beef, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, cook until browned and cooked through. Sprinkle the meat with the all-purpose flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the organic tomato paste, vegtable broth, Worcestershire, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 12 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
  4. Add the carrots and peas to the lamb or beef mixture and place evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the cheddAR mashed potatoes, smooth with a rubber spatula.
  5. Bake for 25- 30 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes before serving.
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If you’re in the mood for a flavorful, hearty, savory comfort-food classic recipe, this Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie is going to hit the spot, dead on at dinner. Made with lean ground lamb or beef, fresh organic veggies, and topped with delicious garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, then baked to perfection.

6 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Pie – Cottage Pie”

  • I found your recipe on pinterest and wanted to tell you this is one of the very best Cottage Pies I have had in years. It was perfect. We didn’t change a thing in your recipe and it turned out aces.

  • My husband swears by this recipe I can no longer make it as I used to. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry. It is good but I enjoyed mine as well and now he won’t eat it because he likes this one.

    • Staci, hi there, I am sure your Cottage pie was fantastic too. I am glad you enjoyed the recipe and I’m sorry to hear he won’t eat the other. My husband does that from time to time, only for in a short time to say he changed his mind lol!! Hugs. Thanks for sharing.

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