Shepherd’s Pie (British Cuisine)


Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie is a meat pie usually beef or lamb with a crust of mashed potato. The term Cottage Pie was in used by 1791; it is when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop that has been very affordable for the poor.

In history, the dish means using leftover roasted meat of any kind. Then the Shepherd’s Pie term did not appear until 1877, since it is called Cottage Pie before even if the main ingredients was beef of mutton, the term Shepherd’s Pie has been used then the meat or the fillings of the pie is lamb.

The term shepherd is concerned with sheep and not cattle in the theory. There are many variation today of this pie, but the difference is just the fillings of the pie. There are:
St. Stephen’s Day Pie – made using ham and turkey.
Cumberland Pie – made with and kind of meat and a layer of breadcrumb on top.
Fish Pie – made using fish.
Pastel de Papa (potato pie) or Pastel de Carne (meat pie) – it is a variation from Argentina, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Uruguay and Chile.

Wanted to taste the traditional Shepherd’s Pie? Here are the ingredients.


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb. ground beef or 1 lb. lamb
1 large onion, finely diced
3 -4 large carrots, finely diced
1 cup frozen peas
3 -4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tbsp. flour
1 tbsp. Butter
1 glass red wine
2 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chicken stock
1 large quantity mashed potatoes (estimating 1L or 6 cups, fresh or leftover)
1 egg, beaten
Grated parmesan cheese (optional)


Pre-heat oven to 200C/400°F.

In a pan, put olive oil and sauté carrots until tender.
Add onions and cook for 2 more minutes.
Season with pepper and thyme cook until brown.
Add the peas and butter.
Sprinkle with flour and stir.
Add tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and wine.
Reduce the heat and slightly pour chicken stock.
Achieve a consistency of gravy alike add flour if need and/or control the chicken stock if needed also.

Grease an oven pan with butter and sauce.
Spoon or pipe the mashed potato over top.
Brush with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese if available or preferred.
Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and brown.

This dish is perfect with wine or beer. British cuisine is very specific set of cooking traditions and practices. This dish will take you for about an hour of preparing. In addition to that, the recipes of the dish are easy to find in the market. Have a try of this recipe and taste the rich in flavor dish or British Cuisine. Happy Eating!!!

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