How to Make Easy Shepherd’s Pie – Traditional Recipe

How to Make Easy Shepherd's Pie - Traditional Recipe recipes mince traditional

Traditional nursery recipe has made a come again in our family not too long ago. I have not bothered making shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie, as it’s also identified) for ages, as the children simply used to eat the potato from the highest and depart the mince. Mince, usually, has been rejected too. If I exploit the identical minced beef to make meatballs or burgers the children devour it, however, they hate choosing out all of the little bits of greens that I hopefully put into it, once I make the shepherds pie, within the hope of smuggling a couple of vegetables into their diet. Click here to see 5 Recipes for Apple pie. Click here to see the nutrition facts of shepherd’s Pie 

Recipe for Easy Shepherd’s Pie – to feed 4

Ingredients for the traditional Easy Shepherd’s Pie recipe

  • 500g/1lb good high-quality minced beef or lamb (hamburger beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 massive fresh tomatoes or half a tin of tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • a dash of wine
  • a couple of drops Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • water or stock
  • potatoes
  • small piece of butter – about 20g/1oz and milk to mash with

Method of the traditional recipe

Finely chop the onion and saute over low warmth within the olive oil till smooth and translucent. Add the carrot, celery and garlic additionally finely chopped. Saute all collectively for 5 minutes. Turn up the heat and add the meat. Then break up the lumps and cooking till it has simply lost the uncooked redness. Do not overdo it at this level. Add the splash of wine, (white or red, no matter you’ve open. In case you donít have any itís not important) and stir until it has evaporated the alcohol. Add the tomatoes skinned and chopped. Now put in the remainder of the seasonings and pour insufficient water or stock. To solely simply cowl the meat. Convey to a simmer, placed on a lid and depart to cook at a simmer for 1-2 hours.

Things to note

The amount of potatoes is determined by what number of it’s important to feed, you possibly can have a skinny layer of potato topping or if it’s good to stretch the meat to feed a number of folks, a very thick layer of potato, which is what the children want anyway. Peel the potatoes and boil them until smooth. Then drain and mash them with the butter, milk and salt and pepper till they’re smooth. However not too runny, mashed potatoes. In a roasting dish or any ovenproof, however, not too shallow dish put the cooked meat in a thick layer, then top with the mashed potatoes. Clean them out with a fork, so there are traces and swirls and peaks of potato that may brown properly and put the dish right into a preheated oven 200C/400F for twenty minutes or till the highest has browned to golden.

If the meat and potatoes have solely simply completed cooking and nonetheless sizzling you possibly can simply brown the highest below the grill. This may all be assembled and stored within the fridge till wanted too, then it will want no less than thirty minutes to prepare dinner by once more. Click here to see more food recipes.


Historically shepherd’s pie was made with minced lamb and cottage pie with minced beef however my household has at all times known as each shepherdís pie. It additionally was once a dish to make use of up leftover cooked meat from a roast, reasonably than beginning recent with uncooked mince, however, we prefer it like this – consolation meals for winter. Enjoy our recipes. Good Luck!

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