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Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

Hello everybody and happy March! Spring is closer and closer...and yet again we gonna have a snow day! Not that it will be snowing like up north, but hey snow is snow, right?! So what better way to welcome cold day than a bowl of hot soup and this comforting baked savory pie. 

Shepherd's Pie or Cottage Pie has very interesting history, and I never actually did any research on it how it was born until today! 
This "International" dish is cooked in many countries and of course it is loved here in the USA. What's not to love, it's meat and 'tatoes pie?!
Let me just say that my kids love, love Shepherd's Pie, and I don't make it often enough, but when I do, whole baking dish is spotlessly clean!

I don't add anything out of the ordinary, except maybe cheese...I mean, let's get it real, everything tastes better with cheese -at least in my eyes!:)
Whatever you are calling this pie in your country you have to agree with me that it is one delicious dish! I hope you make it soon! 

Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie) 
Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

serves 4-5 | Total Time: 50 minutes 
prep time:10 min. | cook time: 40 min. 
  • 2 Lb (900g-1kg) Potatoes, peeled, quartered and boiled, w/ 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Butter + 1 Cup of Low fat Milk + salt to taste 
  • 1 Tbs. Oil (Canola, Corn or Vegetable) 
  • 1 Lb. (450g) Ground Beef, 90% lean 10% fat (or any on hand) 
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Peas
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1 Carrot, diced 
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup Parsley, chopped 
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups Shredded Cheese Mix -blend  
Shepherd's Pie (Cottage Pie)

  1. After potatoes, boiled and they are tender with the masher, mash, and add butter, milk and salt to taste. Mash until smooth, then sprinkle a bit of Parsley optional*, cover and set aside.
  2. In a skillet, add oil, preheat then add ground beef, stir and let it cook for minute or two, then add onion and peas. Stir, and don't let it burn. 
  3. Add other ingredients, corn, carrot, garlic and remaining parsley, season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook on medium high until meat is completely cooked through and no longer pink. 
  4. Preheat oven at 375F (190C) and in the baking dish/deeper, add meat and veggies first, then spread equally  mashed potatoes. Add Cheese on top, more or less its up to you. 
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the Cheese is bubbly and melted. 
  6. Serve it with fresh salad such as pico de gallo, green salad or similar


  • You may use other meat or mix of different meat such as beef and pork, chicken and pork, ground lamb etc. 
  • Adding garlic and/or parsley in the mashed potatoes gives you so much flavor. 
  • For less guilty mashed potatoes you can use Buttermilk or Yogurt instead of butter and minced or powdered garlic to enhance the flavor. 

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I wish you all an amazing week ahead! 
Your friend,

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  1. You are so right about cheese! Love it. It doesn't snow here in socali, but it's been raining all week. I love the rain (just hate driving in it because too many people don't know how to drive in the rain lol). I love comforting hearty (CHEESY) dishes like this for cold rainy days.

    I can't believe it's March already! Where did the time go?! I will miss winter and all the warm comforting foods I enjoy so much on cold days.

    1. Yes, darlin' March! I am stunned..I feel like New year celebration was just over few days ago! :)) Thank you, yes..cheese it and everything is better hehe...thanks!!!!

  2. Who doesn't love a good shepherd's pie? I must admit I always add the cheese too.

    1. Right! Glad to hear that you are using cheese too -So much better! Thanks!!!!

  3. Mmm, there is something so inviting about a good shepherd's pie :D
    Yours looks delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

  4. Your shepherd's pie looks so filling and tasty, Sandra!

  5. That's such a lovely sheperds pie.
    Comforting and hearty, perfect for these last winter days.

  6. It's been a while since I had Shepherd's Pie. Yours looks very delicious Sandra :)

  7. Sandra, I am literally drooling looking at that delicious Shepherd's Pie! I've been cooking a lot soupy dishes this whole winter but it's definitely time to hit up some pies as the spring is coming closer! When I do I'll try out your Shepherd's pie recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Oh my goodness! Gorgeous pics and the winner recipe.

  9. Aaahhh, potatoes, glorious potatoes. This dish looks so wonderful!

  10. This pie looks delicious, very comforting...great pictures as well Sandra.
    Hope you are having a great week :D

  11. I used to make the shepherd pie often but have been neglecting making this old time comfort food. Yours reminded me it is the time. Thanks for sharing. Looks delicious.

  12. I think, I remember eating this dish only once...or could be twice, but it's been long time that I forgot. Being a potato lover, it's not acceptable that I haven't made this dish at home. Looks so delicious. One day I need to give this a try. I know my family and I will really enjoy it!

  13. I've seen hundreds of Shepherd's Pie recipes & this is the first one I've seen without beef broth or gravy.


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