We have eaten Shepherd’s Pie, or Hamburger Pie, for many years. We’ve always had the easy version, ground beef, tomato soup, a can of green beans and mashed potatoes. However, I recently came across a post from Ellie’s blog, Homecooking in Montana. She had found and adapted a recipe from Gordon Ramsey, and I’ve adapted it even more.
Oh and just a little food history for you. Shepherd’s Pie was originally called Cottage Pie. I’ll quote from Wikipedia:
Cottage pie, also known as shepherd’s pie, refers to an English meat pie with a crust made from mashed potato and beef.
In early cookery books, the dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.
The term “shepherd’s pie” did not appear until the 1870s, and since then it has been used synonymously with “cottage pie”, regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton. There is now a popular tendency for “shepherd’s pie” to be used when the meat is mutton or lamb, with the suggested origin being that shepherds are concerned with sheep and not cattle, however this may be an example of folk etymology.