"Traditional English Foods Part 6 - Shepherd´s Pie" England Local Custom Tip by mollymoo0oo0

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Shepherd´s Pie is traditionally made with lamb, and it´s partner - Cottage Pie - made with beef.

I, however, have only ever eaten this pie with beef and have always known it as Shepherd´s Pie. I suggest that´s what you will find if you are looking to try this dish.

The basic principle of the pie is minced meat with vegetables, covered in a mashed potato topping and then baked in the oven. Easy to make, and adjust according to numbers, it is a delicious and hearty meal, great for cold winter nights... and it was my favourite dish as a child.

So I offer you one of my recipes:


1 onion
minced beef (or lamb, if you prefer)
2 carrots, sliced
Worcestershire sauce
tomato purée
grated cheese


Fry the onion until clear, and add the minced meat.
Once browned, add some tomato purée and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Add the carrots and allow to cook.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in a pan. When they are cooked, drain the potatoes and remove the meat from the heat. Mash the potatoes, adding a little butter and milk (optional).

Pour the meat into a large ovenproof dish, and then cover it with the mashed potato. Decorate it using a fork to make peaks and patterns, then sprinkle liberally with cheese.

Put the dish into the oven for about 20-30 minutes. Remove, serve and eat. Yummy!

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  • Updated Dec 8, 2007
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