Despite the aparent dilema over whether this should be called Cottage pie, or Shepherds pie, I was still able to somehow enjoy the recipe even though my head was spinning over this crisis. I really thought it was good. I did add a clove of garlic while the meat was cooking, but I love garlic.
This recipe was exceptional! My fiance begged to take the leftovers for lunch the next day!
My family loved this...definately a keeper...used green beans instead of peas and more vegetables than what your recipe calls for...am using the mashed potato part of the recipe all the time now to make mashed potatoes with dinner.
Just to let you know that Shepherds do not look after cows. They look after sheep. So if a recipe is made with beef it is always called "Cottage Pie" if it is made with lamb it is then called "Shepherd Pie". Just to set the record straight.
As a true Brit this is not an authentic recipe. Using only ground raw meat (ham burger) does not give it the texture and taste this truly unique dish deserves. Look in any old cookbook and you will see it should be made with either cold roast beef or mutton and left over gravy.
I thought this was very good. If you are looking for a somewhat healthier version of Shepherd's Pie, this is a good choice. I was unable to obtain low-sodium Worcestershire, so I used regular. The only drawback is that it could be a little zestier - my family found it a bit bland (but after all - it is a low-sodium version, so I expected it to be so.) Next time, I will still make it low-sodium, but perhaps add some herbs to kick up the flavor a bit.
I am a Brit and this is not 'Authentic' recipe.We don't use tomato paste, egg and other ingredients in this recipe. And it is Cottage Pie as many other posts have said. Other than that this tasted pretty good but I think I will be sticking to my traditional Cottage Pie recipe!
awesome recipe -thank you. i am a vegetarian, so when i was asked to make this meal, i had no clue. i made a meat version and a veggie version, and both came out great. Modifications I made were - veggie broth in both, instead of beef broth; vegetarian "ground beef" from the supermarket; corn peas and carrot frozen mix for the vegetables; i left out the egg for cholesterol/vegetarian reasons. love the idea of boiling the garlic with the potatoes - very subtle flavor. super easy to make, too.
I'm sure it is delicious, however the name does not match the ingredients. In England Shepherd's pie has to made with lamb. When made with beef it is Cottage Pie.