This is an excellent recipe and absolutely authentic just as I, my mother, grandmother and probably great-grandmother have been making it all these years. If lamb was used, often left-overs from the Sunday roast, it was called Shepherd's Pie (Sheepherd) and if beef then "Cottage Pie". It needs no extra bits added, and certainly NO baked beans - sacrilege.You could, of course experiment, but it would no longer be Shepherd's Pie.
Needs carots and celary. Leftover beef is also good. I have used hamburger as well. For a change dump in a can of baked beans. Put cheese on top. And dont forget the garlic.
Geesh...I just recommended your bubble and squeak recipe and lol lol here I am making shepards pie...with lamb and left over gravy. Wish you would post some more no nonsense recipes. This too was plain and simply good eating.
The addition of carrots and/or parsnips or turnip is purely by taste, availability and personal choice and still authentic. Adding corn,celery, baked beans, etc is a mockery of 'traditional' Shepherd's Pie. My belief was that the difference between Shepherd's and Cottage Pie as that Shepherd's is done with mashed potato on top to resemble the poorer man's thatched cottage look, and Cottage Pie is done with layered sliced potatoes on top to resemble the more affluent tiled roof.
Thanks for this recipe. Exactly what I was looking for. I did add some diced carrots to the mince, as well as a small amount of tomato puree and Worcester Sauce which gave it a bit more depth. Also, try serving with carrots and parsnips, boiled and roughly mashed together -takes the notion of comfort food to another level!
Great recipe, which is more british than some of the varieties of shepherds pie, that i have seen. I agree that it could do with some carrots, but maybe not the celery.
This is definitely a traditional recipe. I think some chopped parsely goes well in the meat mixture. What sort of pie is it called if the base is pastry? Is it a potato pie? I can't remember. Both are good.
To the person who generously rated my Shepherds Pie recipe with 3 stars and added the comment that it needs celery and carrots,maybe