Easy Shepherds Pie Recipe
the origin in the shepherds pie history, this English staple food was
by people who lived in Scotland, Ireland and other northern England
regions. Although the recipes were first noted to appear in the 19th
century the pie can trace its early roots back to the Middle Ages.
many individuals who lived during the period meat pies were a simple
and filling dish that could be prepared from rabbits, sheep,
cows and poultry. The meat would be cooked and served
in what was essentially a pastry concoction prepared with flour, lard
On the mentioned areas where the dish was originated there was an
of sheep. A typical pie is made with minced or shredded
mutton (mature sheep) and then it is layered with creamy mashed
potatoes. It was a cheap and simple recipe that allowed
people to stretch the stock of leftover food and pantry ingredients.
pie that includes beef as main ingredient is supposed to be called
a cottage pie, while the other is assumed to have
However, since they are very similar most people just call
both shepherds pie.
Ingredients for the potato topping:
- 1/3 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup heavy cream (or potato milk)
- 7 Russet potatoes
- 1/3 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp white pepper
- 1/4 tsp finely crushed rosemary leaves
- 1 unpeeled garlic bulb
Ingredients for the pie base:
- 1 1/4 pound fresh ground
beef or ground turkey (You can substitute the
meat with sliced Portobello mushrooms.)
- 3/4 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tsp of celery seeds
- 1 cup burger crumbles (can also be vegetarian)
- 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped turnip roots (peeled)
- 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped carrots
- 1 cup vegetable stock
- 3/4 cup frozen peas, thaw slightly before use
- 1 1/2 tbsp freshly chopped rosemary
- 3/4 tsp white pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 tbsp potato flour (or corn starch)
on the mashed potato topping:
Set the oven to 350°F (177°C).
Remove about 1/4 inch from the root end of the
unpeeled garlic bulb.
Place the garlic bulb in a roasting dish and coat
with the olive oil. Cover the dish and allow it to bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
Remove garlic from oven and set it on the counter to
cool while you finish the recipe preparations.
Slice the peeled potatoes into thick rounds of 1/2
to 3/4 inches, each.
Add potatoes and 3 quarts of water to a large stock
pot. Boil for 20 minutes.
Drain potatoes in a colander.
Add potatoes and cream (or potato milk) to a big
bowl. Use a hand mixer to puree this mixture.
Now add the salt, pepper, rosemary and roasted
garlic to the potatoes; mix well.
for the shepherds pie base:
Add 3/4 tsp of olive oil to a saucepan and sauté
the chopped onion.
The put the ground meat (or sliced mushrooms) on the
pan; with a garlic press you can now add the 3 garlic cloves into the
pan. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes.
Add the burger crumbles, celery, turnips and 1/2 cup
Cook over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes.
Stir in the salt, pepper, celery seeds and rosemary.
Cook the mixture for 10 to 15 minutes with a cover
on top of the saucepan.
Now reduce the heat to low.
Mix the remaining vegetable stock with the flour;
whisk the ingredients and add to the saucepan.
Cook on low heat only until the mixture has
After moving the saucepan away from the stove you
can add the frozen peas.
together the cottage pie (shepherds):
Be sure you have preheated your oven to 350°F (177°C).
Coat the interior of an 11" x 8" baking dish with
your non-stick cooking spray.
Layer the pie base into the baking dish.
Top the base with the layer of mashed potatoes.
Do not cover your dish. Allow it to cook in the oven
for 30 minutes.
Garnish the top of the shepherds pie with parsley
prior to serving.
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