Shepherd’s Pie


Shepherd's pie/cottage pie of English origin, is a ground meat pie with a crust or topping of mashed potato. The recipe has many variations, but the defining ingredients are ground red meat cooked in a gravy or sauce with onions, carrots, celery and topped with a layer of mashed potato before it is baked. If you like to explore different cuisines in the comfort of your home, this is the perfect dish for you to try out. Traditionally shepherds pie is made using ground lamb but you can easily use any other meat according to your preference.

Shepherds Pie

Servings 6
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins


For Meat layer

  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 500 gm Minced beef / Lamb
  • 1 cup Onion finely diced
  • 1 cup Carrot finely diced
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce optional
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 tsp Paprika powder can use ½ tsp chili powder instead
  • ½ tsp Pepper powder
  • to taste Salt
  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste
  • cup Beef stock I used a beef bouillon cube dissolved in water
  • ½ tbsp Dried Parsley or 1 tbsp Fresh Parsley
  • ½ tsp Dried Thyme or 1 tsp Fresh Thyme
  • ½ tsp Dried Rosemary or 1 tsp Fresh Rosemary
  • 1/2 cup Frozen peas

For Mashed Potato layer

  • 1 kg Boiled potatoes
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • to taste Salt & Pepper
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder optional
  • ¼ cup Cheddar/Parmesan cheese for mash
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 nos Egg yolk optional
  • ¼ cup Cheddar/Parmesan cheese for topping


  • Into a pan on Med-High heat, pour in olive oil. Brown the mince meat/lamb. If using lamb you may need to drain some excess oil before proceeding. Add onions, carrots, celery, garlic.
  • Continue to brown the meat and veggies. Browning is flavour.
  • Add paprika powder, pepper powder and salt. Saute for 2 mins. Then add Worcestershire sauce & 2 tbsp flour. Cook for 2 mins. Add tomato paste and cook until a roasted smell comes.
  • Pour in beef stock, dried or fresh herbs. Mix in frozen peas and simmer for 4-5 min. Check for seasoning.
  • Transfer the meat mixture into an ovenproof dish 7 inch x 11 inch and allow to cool a bit.
  • In the meantime, mash the boiled potatoes.
  • Add butter and season with salt, pepper, garlic powder. Add in milk and 1/4 cup cheddar or Parmesan cheese. You can also add the yolk of an egg for a richer mash.
  • Layer the mash onto the meat mixture and level.
  • Score on the mash using a fork and top with 1/4 cup cheddar cheese.
  • Bake in a 400F preheated oven for 20 mins or until slightly golden brown on top.
  • Serve hot and Enjoy this delicious and comforting Shepherds pie!!


  • Use minced chicken or turkey instead of beef.
  • Use finely diced french beans if you are not a fan of green peas.
  • If you don’t prefer a thick layer of mash you can reduce the quantity of potatoes to 800gm.
  • If you prefer a gravy-like meat mixture increase the quantity of beef stock accordingly.
  • Assemble the dish in advance and refrigerate for up to 2 days and bake at 400F for 30-40 mins when needed.
Course: Breakfast, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: English, European
Keyword: Classic Shepherds Pie

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Food for Soul

…And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you in due time. 1 Peter 5:5 (CSB)

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. That is a truth that each of us must learn.

The word ‘resist’ means to stand in opposition. It is a word used to refer to an army that is arrayed in battle against an enemy. In addition Peter uses it in the Present Tense which means that God will resist the proud today and will continue to do so tomorrow. Until someone humbles themselves before God, He will oppose them.

Why is God so opposed to the proud and willing to give grace to the humble? Perhaps one reason is because pride tries to rob God of His glory. Pride says – “Look at me. Exalt me. Praise me.” 

In contrast, humility says – “I am nothing. Give God all the glory.” 

Lastly, in order to be proud one must make little of their sin. Though such a person might say – “Oh, I’m not perfect”, they do not see their sin to be terrible enough to cause them to be humble. Any humility they profess is actually a false humility and a demonstration of their pride. In contrast, those who are truly humble will think in their heart – Who am I to be proud? I am only a sinner saved by God’s grace.’

God be with you!!

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