Shepherd’s Pie

Nov 27th, 2014 | By | Category: baking and desserts, blog, cook something, meat and poultry
Shepherds Pie, photo courtesy of Make Your Own Damned Cookies Blog

Shepherds Pie, photo courtesy of Make Your Own Damned Cookies Blog

Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage pie is a savory pie made of meat with a mashed potato crust.  According to Wikipedia: The term cottage pie is known to have been in use in 1791,when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. “cottage” meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers). ..The term “shepherd’s pie” did not appear until 1877.

This recipe comes to us from Cindy Haenel, a chef instructor at Central Market who offers the very popular knife skills class, among others.

Pie Dough

Your favorite pie dough recipe for two single crusts

Mashed potato layer

  • 4 large russet potatoes- about 5 lbs.
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup half & half

For meat filling:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil
  • 1 medium onion- chopped
  • 1 Tbs. chopped garlic
  • 1-cup fresh zucchini- chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas & carrots
  • 1/3 lb. Fresh green beans- blanched
  • 1 & 1/2 cups milk- divided
  • 2 Tbs. cornstarch
  • 1 Tbs. Tony Chachere’s seasoning
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Place the peeled, chopped potatoes into a pot of cold, salted water and cook until tender. Drain the potatoes and put them back into the pot. Then add the half & half and whip. Next, add the salt and butter and blend well. They should be very fluffy.
  2. Brown the beef in a skillet, using the vegetable oil if needed. Really crispy brown meat, not just slightly cooked and gray. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Next, add the garlic, zucchini, peas & carrots, green beans and seasoning. Let this simmer on medium low heat until the zucchini are slightly softened, about 15 minutes. Add 1 cup of milk to the skillet. Take the cornstarch and add to the other ½ cup of milk, then add that to the skillet.
  3. Place one recipe of pie dough into an 8” round pie pan, then add a layer of beef filling and last, top it with a generous helping of mashed potatoes.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 18 to 22 minutes or until the edges of the crust are browned.

Makes 2 pies with 8 servings each

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