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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 271.3
  • Total Fat: 4.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 100.0 mg
  • Sodium: 309.0 mg
  • Total Carbs: 35.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 6.9 g
  • Protein: 23.4 g

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Cottage Pie

Submitted by: CHEF_MEG
Cottage Pie

Introduction

Just like Chef Meg's mom (who was from Britain) used to make! Just like Chef Meg's mom (who was from Britain) used to make!
Number of Servings: 4

Ingredients

    Potato Topping:
    2 russet potatoes, peeled and diced
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    1 egg yolk

    Filling:
    12 ounces lean beef, 96% lean
    1 cup onions, diced
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    1 teaspoon thyme, dried
    1 teaspoon chili powder
    2 cups carrots, shredded
    1 cup fresh green beans, chopped
    1/2 cup frozen corn
    2 tablespoons tomato paste
    1 cup low-sodium vegetable or chicken stock

Tips

Cottage pie and shepherd's pie are popular British meals. What's the difference? Both contain meat and vegetables and are topped with mashed potatoes; however, cottage pie contains beef, and shepherd's pie contains lamb. I like them both!

To keep the lean beef from sticking to the pan, I cook the beef and onions at the same time.

I prefer to use French-cut green beans in this recipe.

For a vegetarian version, use soy crumbles or cooked lentils and vegetable broth.


Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Place the potatoes in a medium saucepan, then cover with cold water. Cover the pot with a lid, bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10-12 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.

While potatoes are simmering, prepare the filling. Place a large saute pan over moderate heat, add the beef and onions, and cook until the beef is no longer pink. Add the carrots, beans, spices, and tomato paste, stir to combine, and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock and corn, then stir to combine. Place the meat and vegetables into a casserole dish and set aside.

Drain the potatoes and mash well, using a potato masher or ricer. Add the egg yolk and salt. Spread or pipe on top of the meat mixture. Bake 10 minutes, until the potatoes are browned.
Serves 4.







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  • O.K.
    33 of 41 people found this review helpful
    Edible, but--in my grandmother's recipe (granddad was Irish, she was German) she used any veggies in season or that she herself had canned. The chili powder is not traditional, I don't like it in this. And the filling was runny, she added 2 Tbsp flour to thicken so it stands up the way other pies do - 3/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    30 of 30 people found this review helpful
    I went vegetarian with this using lentils to replace the meat and added mashed cauliflower to the potatoes for more potato taste, without all the calories....YUM! - 3/25/11

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  • 27 of 39 people found this review helpful
    I find the recipes on here very hard to deal with cuz the servings are listed as 8 servings, 4 servings etc. So how big is a serving? Is it a cup or what? How about giving it in weight or a measuring size of some sort, like a cup or 8 ounces? - 10/26/11

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  • 13 of 13 people found this review helpful
    My DH and I were very pleased witht his recipe! I used lowfat milk in the potatoes-about 1/4 cup instead of the egg. I also cooked the filling until the broth was almost absorbed so it wouldn't be runny. Used black pepper instead of chili powder. It's a keeper! - 11/7/11

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  • 12 of 15 people found this review helpful
    Variations - a tin of chopped tomato (with nothing added) or a jar of tomato passata (nothing added).
    Reduce the GI,mix the potato with carrot and turnip, or cauliflower. Use skim milk instead of egg yolk.
    Less work:a pack of frozen veg (diced carrot, sweetcorn, peas). Or just frozen peas.
    No chi - 3/25/11

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  • Very Good
    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
    Great comfort food, thanks for the recipe, personally I added some chopped garlic in the sautee part, but then I put garlic in most everything - 7/3/11

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  • Incredible!
    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
    Yum! Just had this for dinner - it was GREAT! I used some green onions and celery in addition to the ingredients suggested above. Also used chicken stock vs milk/butter to make the mashed potatoes. Super delicious! Whether traditional or not it was healthy and tasty...thanks Meg! - 9/22/11

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  • Very Good
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    This was very good - I agree with others that more veggies are good and the idea of puree-ing them to thicken the meat mixture is definitely one I will try. In the UK this is often made on Mondays with minced beef/lamb from Sunday's roast as a way to use leftovers. - 9/12/11

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  • 5 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I have a somewhat similar version but I use extra lean ground turkey breast. For the vegs. I just use frozen mixed veg. (sometimes brocolli and carrots) and run under hot water just to thaw. Layer cooked turkey, vegs, sliced (lengthwise) string cheese, and top with smashed red potato (with skins). - 3/25/11

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  • Very Good
    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This was really quite delicious! I added some grated cheese and a sprinkle of breadcrumbs to the top for flavour and so that it would brown up nicely in the oven, and I omitted the black pepper and chilli powder, adding fresh garlic instead. - 1/31/12

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  • Very Good
    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made this yesterday, it was very good. I had some leftovers for lunch today and it's GREAT the second day! I did sub low fat chicken sausage for the beef since I had an open package, but everything meshed together so well, the flavors and texture are great! This will become a go-to recipe fore sure! - 11/14/11

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  • 2 of 3 people found this review helpful
    Made me chuckle, I seen cottage pie and thought cottage cheese and since I just bought some, thought I was in for a treat. lol

    This does look good, though! - 4/5/12

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  • 2 of 5 people found this review helpful
    im definitely going to be trying this one. i <3 shepherds pie - 3/24/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    It is nothing like a British recipe - except in name.
    We use ground beef (minced beef). - 4/6/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Just finished cooking and smells delicious. Was really easy make, and makes 4 HUGE servings. I split into two smaller casserole dishes and froze one. Will probably end up with 6 to 8 servings. - 3/12/12

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    More traditional without the chili powder and corn! - 2/19/12

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I made this two nights ago. My husband & I really enjoyed it. I didn't have the carrots so I used 2 cups of frozen mixed veggies (carrots, peas and corn). I cooked it on the stove in my cast iron skillet, then just added the mashed potatoes on top and put it in the oven. I will make this again! - 2/18/12

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Use cauliflower mashed on top instead of potatoes to be extra healthy and doesnt spoil the taste - 1/28/12

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  • Incredible!
    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    This recipe looks like a winner a healthy pot pie. - 1/5/12

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I made this for dinner the other night. It was fantastic! My coen wasn't frozen, it was cut from the cob fresh for corn chowder I made the night before. (leftover...another yummy dinner!) My husband was shelling the beans and I went in and grabbed a cup and cleaned them. It was too good! Thanks - 9/11/11

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  • Good
    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Using mashed celeriac and swede instead of potatoes, (or a mixture of the three) lowers calories, boosts veg intake and tastes really good. - 9/11/11

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  • Very Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    The egg yolk helps the consistency of the mashed potatoes. We made this and it was wonderful. We had to do a few substitutions, so something wasn't -quite- right, but it was still scrumdidilliumptious! - 3/24/11

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love Shepard's Pie I think I will try the veggie option. - 3/24/11

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    Why the egg yolk in the mashed potatoes? - 3/24/11

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  • Hmm too many ingredients for my taste. I call this a 3-ingredient meal all you really need are 3 main ingredients: potatoes, cream corn, & beef. Then I just add some milk & a tiny bit of butter to the potatoes. Salt or pepper can be added later to taste. I prefer my veggies fresh & on the side. - 1/13/14

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  • I often make and usually like Chef Meg's recipes, but putting stock photos of similar dishes is misleading and unworthy of a Spark People. Either the recipes made up are good enough tp be photographed are they aren't. There are no peas in the recipe. - 4/4/13

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  • XOXOXO - 4/4/13

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    A frozen bag of mixed vegetables is a quick way to make this recipe. I use chicken or turkey instead of beef. Add a shot of worcestershire sauce (low sodium) for a savory taste. - 4/4/13

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  • This was very watery and to me lacking in taste. I've also used a flour or cornflour slurry to thicken the juice to make it more pie like. I like to put in some garlic and onion powder to lift up the taste and always a couple of tsp of Worcester sauce - 4/4/13

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  • My husband liked this and he's pretty fussy. I thought the filling was bland, so I added Worcestershire sauce. It's also very runny, need to use less stock or thicken with flour. - 3/3/13

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  • Edible, but extremely bland. Crunchy uncooked veggies are not my favorite, so I let simmer for twice as long, but still too crunchy. Didn't care for the dish at all. - 2/21/13

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  • I liked the fresh green beans that were still crunchy after baking. Easy to make and easy to eat! Makes a hearty, filling meal. - 2/3/13

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  • Found the filling a bit runny. I would add less stock or throw a bit of flour in to thicken the sauce next time. Flavors weren't over the top but okay for an ordinary everyday meal which is what I suppose cottage pie is supposed to be. - 2/3/13

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  • Great - 2/2/13

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  • I thought this was really good, and somehow I missed putting in the tomato paste! Big portion, very filling. Never thought I would ever see corn and potatoes in a "diet" recipe that wasn't soup. Delicious. - 11/29/12

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  • Very, very tasty! I would definitely make this again, and my typically anti-health-food husband loved it. :) Very hearty and can satisfy the heartiest appetites for few calories - 8/29/12

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  • I was pleasantly surprised with the effect of the egg yolk in the mashed potatoes! The dish was full of flavor and the portions were satisfactory. Thanks! - 5/11/12

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  • Easy and good. - 1/26/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Sounds really good. I'll try it. - 1/19/12

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  • Left out the chili powder and the taste was still very good and the potato topping was fabulous. But, as others have said, it doesn't have the thickened sauce lots of us expect. Next time I'll add about 1/2 cup more broth mixed with 1 T cornstarch to give it more of a gravy. - 1/8/12

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  • Tasty, but it took close to an hour to prepare, not 20 minutes. - 1/7/12

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  • had for supper last night!
    my filling was not runny, i think i cooked a little longer. would've loved onions in this except hubby can't eat. was very good a nd filling! - 1/7/12

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds wonderful can not wait to go shopping to buy the ingredients. - 1/4/12

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    I WAS BORN AND RAISED THERE AND CORN WAS ALWAYS FED TO THE PIGS, I NEVER ATE CORN TILL I CAME TO THE US ALMOST 50 YEARS AGO.
    IN ENGLAND WE TRIED TO LIIMIT STARCHES. NO BREAD ON THE TABLE, NO BREAD AND POTATOES SERVED TOGETHER. MY RULE NOW IS STILL THAT WAY POTATOES AND CORN TOGETHEJUST UPS THE CARB - 1/4/12

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  • Wow! This was very good! ==comfort food! - 1/4/12

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Skip the chili powder, add some HP sauce and you got Shepherds Pie. I make this a lot. - 1/4/12

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  • Didn't use chili powd. and cut back broth to 3/4 cup. Extremely good but will try the vegetarian version another time just for variety. - 1/4/12

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  • not impressed with this version...very bland, not akin to the comfort food version i am used to...lower calories doesnt have to taste this lacklustre!!..shepherds pie is a great way to use up left over veggies, taters, meat, condiments, so experiment and get some flavors into it..it CAN be tasty!! - 1/4/12

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Plan to try this tomorrow! Great meal to come into after
    shoveling the snow this winter! - 1/4/12

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  • I agree with IMMAGIC's comment about the chili powder - Worcestershire sauce is a nice touch if you want to perk up the flavor. Cottage pie in the UK tends to be with a thin gravy or sauce, in my experience. You can puree some veggies to add in - that will thicken it without adding starch. - 1/4/12

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  • Looks real! Tastes OK but bland- would be better with an salty addition like onion soup mix. I left the skins on the potatoes and added a little milk and parmesan cheese to them, and I added garlic and used a frozen carrot/corn/green bean mix. Baked closer to 25 mins. - 12/11/11

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  • This is a great cold weather meal, - 12/9/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    im TOTALLY cooking this tom. for breakfast!!!! - 10/25/11

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  • Lovely - the grated carrots gave a really nice texture to it - 10/20/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    My husband loves this type of dish - and it's a natural for this time of the year, so I'm looking forward to trying this. Thanks, Chef Meg! - 10/14/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love shepherd's pie! Thanks for providing the recipe for a hearty winter dish that is filling and tasty! I'll definitely add this one to my book! - 9/30/11

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  • 0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    looks great,,,gotta try it! - 9/22/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    So, this was my first Spark recipe. I wanted comfort food and this was perfect. I did make some changes though. I used ground turkey, one potato & 2 cups of cauliflower for the mash, I used no salt tomato paste, added Mrs. Dash to substitute the lack of salt. It turned out wonderful. - 9/21/11

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  • Added garlic to the sautee and was glad I did. Using just two potatoes did not yield as thick of a potato topping as pictured above, but it was still pretty good. Put a dash of steak sauce over mine because it was a bit bland for my taste. Great base recipe though...will try again with tweaks. - 9/19/11

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  • A real winter comfort food.
    I would prefer a bit more potatoes :) - 9/9/11

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  • This was pretty quick and easy to make, and it had a very nice hearty flavor. I enjoyed the chili powder twist. Also, mine wasn't runny as others reported. Perhaps they needed to cook their vegetables less, so they retain their liquids and crispness. Will definitely make again. - 9/8/11

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  • I left the egg out of the potato topping, and had pureed the vegtables which thickened up the sauce....now split into individual dishes for me to pop into microwave for quick dinner later! - 9/8/11

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  • I replaced with turkey meat, but it's 10yo picky eater approved!!!!!!!! Love it, easy to make and tassssty! - 9/7/11

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  • tastes good - 9/7/11

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  • Great recipe - 9/7/11

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  • I would add a garlic clove to the meat and onions next time, otherwise I thought it was great! - 9/7/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    7 pts - 8/28/11

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  • O.K.
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have this same recipe, however, I use ground turkey (the leanest) ,corn, and I use 1 package of low sodium onion soup, and low sodium turkey or brown gravy mix........I layer the ground turkey on bottom, next corn, then the mashed potatoes.... - 8/19/11

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  • love this....definitely a comfort food.... - 8/2/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I have roasted parsnips and carrots in the freezer, will sub that for potatoes this time. The veggie version with lentils sounds good too. - 7/24/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try. Hope family likes - 7/19/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    ok but to rich for me. - 7/18/11

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  • Good and very filling. Made with ground turkey. - 7/5/11

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
    this looks so yummy i am going to make this soon - 7/3/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This sounds really yummy, but I think I will use ground turkey and yukon gold potatoes to replace the hamburger and russet potatoes. Can't wait to try it! - 6/19/11

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  • Very Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe or something similar, depending on what I have on hand, is a favorite stand-by, especially in the winter months. - 6/16/11

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  • fantastic flavours - 5/30/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    My ancestors were Scot, English and Native American. We have a number of variations of this recipe, including using squash, but this is by far the lowest I've seen in calories and fat. Since we have a cold March, we are going to try this tomorrow for dinner. - 3/27/11

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  • Good
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Our family version of shepherd's pie uses lean ground beef and for the vegetables its 1 can of niblets corn and 1 can of cream style corn. - 3/27/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Thanks for sharing. Will make this a must try. - 3/27/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Can't wait to try it. My Great Grand mother from scotland made this often. Over the years we have come up with many versions. My favorite is frozen green beans and a can of diced tomatoes undrained for the vegetables and a jar of FF beef gravy all mixed together before the potatoes are put on top - 3/26/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Always looking for something delicious and healthful. I'm going to try it. - 3/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    This recipe sounds wonderful. Definitely going to try it. Since I am on a yeast and mold free diet (per dr.'s orders) I can eat this. Thank you so much for posting it. btw - my mom was from England also. One of my fav. recipes is toad-in-a-hole. - 3/25/11

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  • Incredible!
    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Just right. I've been making it almost as listed for years. I use whole egg in the potatoes and vary the vegetables depending on time. Sometimes use canned, but prefer to use frozen when I have them. To spice it up just a bit, use 1/2 cup of mild salsa instead of the tomato paste. - 3/25/11

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I love shepherds pie! Haven't dared to make it since starting on my weight loss journey. So glad you shared this version. I'll be making it soon! - 3/25/11

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