How to make a Shepherds Pie

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Shepherd’s pie is a favorite classic casserole dish. Layered with meaty goodness, hearty vegetables, and delicious, creamy potatoes, it’s a recipe that is dear to so many people.

Ah, the humble Shepherd’s pie. It is a comfy dish that almost everyone I’ve met enjoys. Traditionally, it comes from England and is made with lamb. That’s exactly how I make Shepherd’s pie at home – using lamb. Although, I know many people prefer to use beef instead. But why mess with it if my family enjoys the classic version so much, right?

Regardless of what you use, Shepherd’s Pie is made using a mixture of ground meat and vegetables, topped with mashed potatoes, and then is baked in the oven until you’ve reached golden perfection.

Tips for making the perfect Shepherd’s pie

Be patient with the lamb. Or beef. You don’t want a runny meat mixture that sits at the bottom of your casserole dish. Otherwise, you’ll be having a wet mop for dinner. You want to cook the meat and vegetables until the consistency resembles a bolognese. 

Use golden or russet potatoes. Red potatoes don’t work quite as well here. I think meat and potatoes make a classic pair and lamb goes so well with golden or russet potatoes.

Do not overbake. Because both layers are already completely cooked (the meat and the mashed potatoes), you don’t want the dish to be in the oven for too long. Just long enough to bring everything together and for it to set. 20 minutes should be enough.

If you want a crispy, golden top, broil for a few minutes. Don’t wait for that golden-brown crust by prolonging the cooking process. Instead, crank up your oven to broil and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Voila!

You’ve got to try this classic Shepherd’s Pie! It is absolutely delicious!

What do I need to make this recipe?

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 handful of dill
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb lamb, minced (ground)
  • 2-3 yellow potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2-3 grated carrots
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 10oz chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tomato puree
  • sea salt and pepper

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How to make Shepherd’s Pie: 

  • Turn oven on 350F.
  • Peel and cut potato, then boil in a pot until cooked.
  • In a pan, heat up 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, add in the minced lamb, salt, and pepper.

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  •  After the lamb has started to brown up and there isn’t much oil left, add in the grated carrots and onion.
  • Stir and fry on medium, then add in the minced garlic.
  • Add in 2 Tablespoons of the Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, and herbs into the lamb mix.
  • Add 1 cup of red wine, stir and sauté everything well, then add the chicken stock.
  • While the lamb is cooking, take your boiled potatoes to drain them.

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  • Mash the potatoes and add in the egg yolks.
  • Add in unsalted butter, heavy cream, parmesan cheese, and salt to taste.
  • Lamb mix should start to get thicker.
  • In an oven-safe dish, put the lamb mix on the bottom of the dish.
  • On top of the lamb, carefully add the potato puree.

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  • Sprinkle a little parmesan cheese on top and a pinch of black pepper.
  • Fluff the potatoes with a fork, put in the oven for 20 mins.

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  • Enjoy! (You could broil for couple of minutes to get a brown-looking top.)

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Pair this lovely dish with these yummy salads:

Equipment I Used

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Shepherd’s Pie

Lamb meat shepherd's pie with fluffy mashed potatoes and hidden vegetables, baked to perfection.
Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 45 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine English
Servings 8
Calories 311 kcal

Equipment

  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • garlic press
  • Skillet
  • grater
  • potato masher
  • oven safe dish
  • strainer
  • pot

Ingredients
  

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • handful dill chopped
  • 2 garlic minced
  • 1 lb lamb minced (ground)
  • 2-3 yellow potatoes chopped
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2-3 carrots grated
  • 1 onion grated
  • 10 oz chicken stock
  • ¼ heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ Tbsp tomato puree
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Turn oven on 350F.
  • Peel and cut potato, then boil in a pot until cooked.
  • In a pan, heat up 2 Tablespoons of olive oil, add in the minced lamb, salt, and pepper.
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  • After lamb has started to brown up and there isn’t much oil left, add in the grated carrots and onion.
  • Stir and fry on medium, then add in the minced garlic.
  • Add in 2 Tablespoons of the Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, and herbs into the lamb mix.
  • Add 1 cup of red wine, stir and sauté everything well, then add the chicken stock.
  • While lamb is cooking, take your boiled potatoes drain them.
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  • Mash the potatoes and add in the egg yolks.
  • Add in unsalted butter, heavy cream, parmesan cheese ,and salt to taste.
  • Lamb mix should start to get thicker.
  • In an oven safe dish, put the lamb mix on the bottom of the dish.
  • On top of the lamb, carefully add the potato puree.
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  • Sprinkler a little of parmesan cheese on top and a pinch of black pepper.
  • Fluff the potatoes with a fork, put in oven for 20 mins.
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  • Enjoy! (You could broil for couple minutes to get a brown-looking top.)
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Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Shepherd's Pie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 311 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 153mg7%
Potassium 493mg14%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 2697IU54%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword butter, carrot, chicken stock, dill, dinner, eggs, garlic, heavy cream, lamb, lunch, main course, main dish, mashed potato, olive oil, onion, parmesan, parmesan cheese, potato, rosemary, thyme, tomato puree, wine, Worcestershire sauce
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  1. This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!

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