Shepherd's Pie (The Real Thing!)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a traditional English pub style recipe. I can make this anywhere in the world and it will evoke memories of pub lunches! This is no way a diet item! Its a robust & hearty dish!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Use 1/2 a can of Guiness Stout to marinade ground lamb. Leave covered in fridge for at least 1 hr and if possible overnight.
  2. In a hot pan, put in olive oil and add mince lamb to brown. Strain cooked mince with a big sieve, separating meat & juice.
  3. Reheat same pan, add more olive oil and now saute & brown diced onions, garlic and carrot till fragrant and translucent.
  4. Add the cooked mince into this pan and mix well.
  5. Add dried marjoram, rosemary and thyme and mix well.
  6. Pour left over juice from the mince into the pan and add all the Worcestershire sauce and half of the English parsley and stir well.
  7. Cook on low heat for 20 mins and when it starts bubbling, add in flour to thicken the mixture.
  8. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  9. Cook potatoes in salted water till soft enough to mash.
  10. Strain potatoes and mash with a big knob of salted butter, cream and milk (totally full fat!). Season with salt, pepper and a dash of nutmeg powder.
  11. Pour cooked mince mixture in a big enough pyrex dish.
  12. Layer the mash potato on top and seal the edges.
  13. Bake or brown in oven for 20 to 30 mins at 180 degrees celsius.
  14. Serve with a side of boiled cabbage & carrots with lots of butter and sprinkle leftover English parsley!
Most Helpful

Great recipe and not too challenging considering was my first ever attempt at baking something... I added some fresh chilli, coriander and Tabasco sauce to spice it up a bit.. Good hearty meal...

2 hats October 13, 2013

Since Publix stiffed me on the ground lamb (funny, they have a grinder and lamb, why can't they grind some when I asked for it?) I had to use ground beef, but it still came out great! Also substituted a Newcastle brown for the Guinness, but that's a personal preference type of thing. The herbs and the worcestershire sauce really blended with the beer to make a taste that was terrific and reminiscent of pub grub (which I miss dearly).

Hilfy1000 March 18, 2010

This made such a wonderful dinner! The only thing I did differently was to add in a tin of peas. There were a lot of good flavors in there; I loved the combination of the herbs, Guinness, and Worcestershire sauce. Thanks for the recipe!

jnpj October 15, 2008