I made half a recipe and was just right with a little left over. I used leftover mashed potatoes which made this recipe go very quickly. Great flavor with the sauce and meat mixture. Will make again. Thanks for sharing your recipe.
This was an excellent way to use up my leftover mashed potatoes from Thanksgiving. I had never made a sheperd's pie before, so I'm surprised at how well this turned out. The only changes I made were to use extra lean ground beef and add some ketchup (because everything needs a little ketchup ;]). I also omitted the bay leaf because I didn't have one. It turned out great: moist but not soupy, and with great beefy flavor. It was fairly healthy, too. My boyfriend had seconds and thirds and has requested that I make it again soon!
I have a ton of ground beef left in our deep freezer so I used it instead of lamb...so it was technically a Cottage Pie but I generally followed the recipe otherwise. I did use the My Shepherd's Pie I just made after Thanksgiving in lieu of the beef stock. The kids practically licked their plates clean, that includes the picker of the three, too. This was comforting and filling and every last bit of it got eaten. I sifted through a lot of recipes but picked this one because I thought it was a good draw of many of the other recipes. And it was. You really nailed this recipe, Randy. Thanks!