Shepherd's Pie #5

Preparation time 20 minutes,
Cooking time 45 minutes,
Oven temperature 180°C, 350°F, gas 4,
Calories 525 per portion


serves 4
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, deseeded and chopped
450 g (1 lb) minced beef
100 g (4 oz) mushrooms, sliced
2 tablespoons tomato puree
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
300 ml (1/2 pint) beef stock
salt and pepper
675 g (1 1/2 lb) potatoes
25 g (1 oz) butter or margarine
2-3 tablespoons milk


1. Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the onion and pepper for a few minutes. Stir in the minced beef and cook until it is evenly browned.

2. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft. Mix in the tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock and seasoning and slowly bring the mixture to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes.

3. Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in a pan of boiling salted water for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain, mash with a fork, add the butter or margarine and the milk and beat until smooth.

4. Place the meat mixture in an ovenproof dish and cover with the mashed potato, forking it neatly or piping it.

5. Bake in a moderate oven for 20 minutes or until the top is crisp and golden.

6. Serve the shepherd's pie immediately.

Freezer Tip
Make individual pies, freeze until hard, then pack neatly in a large bag. Microwave on high for 10 - 20 minutes for one or two pies.

What did you think?

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Cottage Pie?
posted by bob @ 06:05AM, 9/17/09
Surely... its not lamb
Cottage Pie?
posted by Carol @ 07:30PM, 10/07/09
I always thought that it was Shepherd's Pie was made with lamb and Cottage Pie was made with beef!! I guess somewhere along the line there was some confusion :)
Should be Cottage pie
posted by Becky @ 11:38AM, 4/30/10
Shepherd's pie is made with lamb (hence 'shepherds') cottage pie is made with beef :)
Cottage Shepherd
posted by Wicksy @ 06:04AM, 7/05/10
Does it matter?? Hamburgers are made from beef!! How about getting a life yeah?
It Does Matter
posted by Mark @ 04:12AM, 7/25/10
Some people can't eat Beef, feeding them a Shepard's Pie with Beef in it instead of Lamb would cause them problems.

There is a reason the two dishes have different names!
Just to confuse the matter
posted by Andrea @ 02:40AM, 8/05/10
I thought cottage pie was in pastry...
Hope you lot are American..
posted by James @ 08:38AM, 9/21/10
Really, saying hamburgers are made from beef and what does it matter? It's a different name for the dish, because it uses a different meat, that's the whole point of it...

And no, Cottage pie was never in a pastry
Shepherds Pie
posted by Cigi @ 07:54PM, 1/08/11
Let's not split hairs here. The recipe's fine. Regardless of the recipe's title, when reading the ingredients, people can see that this recipe is using minced beef. It doesn't take a genius to substitute this with lamb or any other meat to cater to diet/health issues. Helloooo!
Was it nice?
posted by jon the pom @ 09:23PM, 1/30/11
Have had a shepherds pie / cottage pie many times from a bakery in pastry easier to eat with your hands.

was this pie or dish as its not in a pastry (does a pie need to be in pastry?) any good? and worth making?
Erm i think its in the name
posted by vts @ 11:06AM, 2/21/11
I shepherd would have sheep and therefore thats wat he'd put in his pie, just like fisherman's pie
Its not as complicated as all that
posted by MS @ 12:39PM, 4/23/11
They're both made from beef. shepherds is with mashed potatoes and cottage is made with sliced potatoes.
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