Australian Shepherd's Pie

"I lived in Brisbane for 18 months in 1988-1989. While there I picked up a cookbook used in high schools to teach home ec. There I found the nicest shepherd's pie that my family still enjoys. Sometimes I make two, and freeze one, and I ALWAYS make a big one so we can have for lunch the next day."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins




  • In large saucepan, cook mince, onion and carrot till mince is cooked through. Drain fat.
  • Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. If mixture is wetter than you light, add tablespoon of flour and stir.
  • Place meat mixture in casserole dish. Top with mashed potatoes.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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  1. Technically this is a Cottage Pie as it is based on ground beef. A Shepherd's Pie is based on ground lamb - and finely chopped leftover lamb from a roast is extra good. The recipe posted is a good basic one for either Cottage or Shepherd's Pie. Most Aussie home cooks have their own variations on this classic comfort food. Thank you for posting.
  2. I loved this Shepherd Pie. I've looked for a long time for that both my husband and I would like. The sauce flavors the beef so well and makes the perfect amount of sauce for the mash.


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