Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 4
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 405.6
  • Total Fat: 21.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 108.1 mg
  • Sodium: 332.2 mg
  • Total Carbs: 33.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 7.1 g
  • Protein: 19.2 g

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Submitted by: SPARK_RECIPES

View the original recipe for Cottage Pie


You'll love this British classic! You'll love this British classic!
Number of Servings: 4


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

    12 ounces ground lamb
    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


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.


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 lamb 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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  • 7 of 13 people found this review helpful
    .. If you do not eat meat, there is a great product known as ' Meatless Crumbles' and it could be substituted for the meat in this recipe.I omit the corn, and use peas instead, also add nutmeg and crushed red pepper flakes.I also make the topping with HALF mashed cauliflower/half potatoes. Its GREAT - 3/15/14

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    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Yummy - 5/12/14

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  • Very Good
    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
    I used lean ground chicken instead very good. And its fast to make - 3/4/14

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful
    So nice to see someone who knows the difference between Shepherd's pie and Cottage pie! - 9/27/15

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I am English and nowhere will you find a recipe for authentic Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie that includes CORN or Chili Powder. Until the 50,s we fed the pigs CORN and few people ever used CHILI Powder either. Once Ketchup arrived to England it was on top after the meal was plated. Lamb was cut up. - 3/12/16

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    A friend gave me a recipe much like this, but using mashed baked or nuked sweet potatoes for the topping, and the meat a mixture of ground turkey and portabello mushrooms. Delicious!!! - 11/2/15

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  • Noraspat. Most of us know where shepherd's or cottage pie originated. However it's nice to see some variance in ingredients to make life a little more interesting. - 3/12/16

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  • Can I add turkey meat instead of lamb? - 3/12/16

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  • I made this today. I omitted the eggs from the potatoes and they came out okay. I used beef broth instead of chicken and I had a packet of shepherd's pie seasoning mix, which I used instead of the seasonings listed and didn't use tomato paste. This was wonderful. - 3/1/16

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  • I don't understand rating a recipe and then proceed to describe how the recipe has been drastically changed by adding ingredients, taking ingredients away or substituting ingredients. Did you really try the recipe as written? - 1/3/16

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  • What size casserole dish? - 12/10/15

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  • 0 of 3 people found this review helpful
    in one place beef was mentioned & lamb in another bit confusing - 5/17/15

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