Seasoned Shepherd's Pie

"Allspice version. All meat and potatoes!"
photo by Little_Sister photo by Little_Sister
photo by Little_Sister
photo by Little_Sister photo by Little_Sister
Ready In:




  • Cut potatoes into chunks.
  • Put saucepan with salted water and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and cook until tender, 15 to 20 minutes; drain.
  • Cook onions in oil in frying pan over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic and cook another minute.
  • Crumble in beef and cook until no longer pink; drain off excess fat.
  • Stir flour into meat and then add stock slowly.
  • Stir in salt, pepper, allspice, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Pour into 1 1/2 quart casserole.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Mash potatoes with salt and pepper and the 1 tablespoon of the butter and milk.
  • (The potatoes will be quite dense).
  • Spread over meat.
  • Brush top with remaining butter.
  • Bake until top is golden, 25 to 30 minutes.

Questions & Replies

default avatar
Got a question? Share it with the community!


  1. Bev I Am
    I've loved Shepherd's Pie since I was a little girl, and have been looking for a good recipe for it almost as long. I think my search has ended. This was delicious! I did cut the allspice down to 1/4 tsp and added 3 tbsp flour to the meat (there was no amount listed for the flour addition). My husband was pleased with he results and so was I!
  2. Bertha C.
    The combination of allspice and vinegar give it a very unusual flavor for the ordinarily mundane version of shepher's pie that I am used to. This was very good and I will be making it again.
  3. troyh
    I haven't had many Shepherd/Cottage Pies because they were always a little bland and dry. But this was delicious... the best I've had. I had two helpings!
  4. Gay Gilmore
    This was very delicious and much easier than I anticipated. I actually used a Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine Vinegar that was a little strong, but I think I liked the fact that it imparted more flavor. Will definately make again -- only wish I had a pastry tube to make pretty designs with my potatoes on top. (Also I used a 2 qt casserole dish and it worked just fine, not sure it would have fit in a smaller one for me.
  5. Little Bee
    This was delicious! We wanted some comfort food tonight and this was it! Good stick to your ribs food on a cold winters night! I sprinkled some cheddar cheese on the top during the last 5 minutes of baking otherwise would not change a thing.It was very easy and I had all of these things on hand. Meat and Potatoes loving DH had 2 helpings! Thanks for a great recipe!


I live in the San Francisco area and love it here. I discovered Recipezaar (then Kitchen) in 2001 and have been so happy to have my favorite recipes stored safely here. I am mother to 7 and grandmother to 7. I love to knit, smock, sew, etc., but my favorite hobby of the moment is traditional rug hooking. This is a sample of what I do.? It's called "November".? I dyed most of the wool myself. It is made from wool flannel, cut into strips a little less than 1/4" and then worked into a linen backing. This is my 3rd rug.
View Full Profile

Find More Recipes