Traditional Shepherd's Pie

Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 0 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins

British comfort food! This recipe requires ground lamb; if using ground beef, then it is called "Cottage Pie". I have used ground deer (venison) and elk for this recipe also; marinating the deer in a little red wine overnight mellows out the gamey flavor. From my food blog at:

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large skillet, high heat, brown the meat and drain excess oil. Add the onion and mushrooms, letting cook till the onion softens. Add tomato and Worcester sauces, frozen vegetables, herbs, pepper, flour and beef stock; mix thoroughly and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. While meat mixture is simmering, boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and mash the potatoes, add butter, milk, grated cheese and pepper to the potatoes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375°F In a 3 quart rectangular baking dish, spread 1/2 potatoes on bottom of baking dish; spread out the meat mixture; top with the other 1/2 of potatoes; sprinkle paprika over top. Bake for 30-40minutes; potatoes should be lightly browned, and the pie heated thoughout.
Most Helpful

Very nice flavor, I mixed 1lb each for ground lamb and ground sirlion, Used Garlic instant potatoes, and left out the green peas because no one in the house likes the peas. This recipe was dead on to what I remember Shepherds tasting like, thank you for posting such a yummy recipe

Recipe Baroness April 12, 2013

Tinned mushrooms?? Shepherds pie does not contain mushrooms. Especially not tinned! I'm English and this isn't traditional at all

Ella W. September 24, 2015