Shepherd’s Pie

Ok, ok, this is not actually a Shepard’s Pie. Most of us Americans call it Shepard’s pie, but the original is made with lamb. This featured one is made with ground beef, and is truthfully called Cottage pie, just to be correct. Whatever you call it, this classic is one of my favorite dishes of all time, and I hope you enjoy it as well, and cook it with me!


What you’ll need:

  • 2 tbsp Canola oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 package frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • salt
  • 2 – 3 pounds potatoes
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup Half and Half

Heat the canola oil in a frying pan and sauté the chopped onion over medium heat for 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauté for another minute. Add ground beef, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Cook thoroughly until brown. Add chicken broth, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, rosemary and thyme, stir to combine and bring to a boil, then simmer for 12 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare mashed potatoes by peeling and boiling the potatoes in salt water. Mash them with butter and Half and Half (add milk if you prefer a softer consistency). Add salt if necessary. Add peas and carrots to the beef mixture, bring to a boil, then simmer for another 5 minutes, add salt to your preference.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Add the beef mixture to bottom of an oven proof baking dish. Next, spread the mashed potatoes on top. Be sure to cover all corners with the potatoes with a spatula to prevent bubbling. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes and voilà!


Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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