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Shepherds Cottage Pie

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We all grew up with this family favorite. Whether our mum called it Cottage Pie or Shepherds Pie (there is a difference) we didn’t care, try this Shepherds Cottage Pie.

Shepherd’s pie, cottage pie, or in its French version Hachis Parmentier is a savory dish of cooked minced meat topped with mashed potato and baked. The meat used may be either previously cooked or freshly minced. The usual meats are beef or lamb.

Shepherd’s Pie
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Shepherd’s Pie

  • Author: EsmeSalon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Easy
  • Cuisine: Irish


Units Scale
  • 2.2 lb lamb mince
  • Olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp minced garlic/ginger
  • 1 tbs Roberstsons BBQ spice
  • 1 tsp dry thyme
  • 1 tsp dhania/jeera powder
  • 1 tsp chili flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of tomato puree
  • Splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • Generous pinch of sugar
  • 2 cups frozen peas and corn


  • 56 potatoes peeled, chopped
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 cups milk (half n half) – heat in the microwave
  • 2 cups grated cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat and brown onions.
  3. Add garlic.
  4. Add mince, breaking clumps until it changes color.
  5. Add spices and allow to fry for 10 minutes.
  6. Add tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce it simmers, for further 10 minutes.
  7. Add frozen veggies and simmer for a further 5-10 minutes.


  1. Bring your potatoes to a boil in hot water (I add a veg/chicken stock cube) until tender.
  2. Drain in a colander and return to the pot.
  3. Sprinkle with baking powder and add butter and mash until there are no clumps.
  4. Add salt and pepper and using an electric hand mixer gradually add warm milk and mix until you get a smooth consistency.
  5. Layer your mince in a casserole.
  6. Top with your mash.
  7. Draw lines with a fork.
  8. Sprinkle it generously with grated cheese.
  9. Place in the oven until the cheese melts and browns (about 10-15 minutes).
  10. Enjoy with salad.


  • Serving Size: 1 block
  • Calories: 639
  • Sugar: 11.1 g
  • Sodium: 826 mg
  • Fat: 22.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 89.4 g
  • Fiber: 7.7 g
  • Protein: 26.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 56.3 mg

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