This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is easily a family favorite. It’s one that my kid’s always asked for when they were all still living at home. It makes a perfect casserole meal for any night of the week. If you’re looking for a great ground beef recipe for dinner, that’s filling and comforting, this Shepherd’s Pie will be your new best friend!
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.
The recipe below is my adapted version. I had to change a few things from Ellie’s to suit our likes as well as adapt to what I had on hand. We buy our beef by the side, so my ground beef is probably 85% rather than very lean, therefore I eliminated the oil as it wasn’t needed. I also removed the mushrooms due to my mushroom hating family (sigh, I love them) and adjusted the red wine and chicken broth to my fresh beef broth. I didn’t have any carrot, so I substituted with zucchini. I also removed the rosemary and hubby doesn’t like it. To see the original recipe please visit Ellie.
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Ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie
- 1 1/2 lbs ground beef (or lamb)
- 1/2 large onion, diced
- 1/2 medium zucchini, grated
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 1/2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tsp fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp dried)
- 2 cups beef broth
- 2 tsp salt, or to taste
- 3 cups mashed potatoes
- 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, finely grated
- couple shakes of Parmesan cheese
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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.
I hope you enjoy this class Shepherd’s Pie recipe as much as my family and I do. Throw in any extra ingredients you enjoy to make this classic meal even more comforting!
More casserole recipes you’ll love:
- Macaroni and Cheese with Ham and Peas Casserole
- Turkey or Chicken Pot Pie
- Spaghetti Pie
- Rotisserie Chicken Nachos
- Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta
- Chili Mac