The Best Shepherd's Pie!
With English origins, shepherd's Pie has become a classic dish! With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, this might just be the dish you serve up! Before we break down this delicious recipe, we have to know though, is it Shepherd's Pie or is it Cottage Pie?
Is there even a difference?
We are all pretty familiar with the name shepherd's pie, while many still had no idea cottage pie was a thing, but, believe it or not, the name cottage pie was actually used before shepherd's pie.
The concept and idea behind both names are exactly the same, ground meat, veggies, gravy, and mashed potatoes, all baked to created one of the best "meat-pie" casserole-style dishes. The difference is generally the type of meat being used. Shepherd's pie traditionally uses ground lamb, where cottage pie uses ground beef.
These two names are often used simultaneously, while other countries have adopted their own name and potentially variation for this dish.
Throughout history, this dish has been able to expand from its roots to fit just about any dietary needs and preferences.
Ground beef or lamb: You can switch up the protein and the cut of protein
Frozen peas: In this recipe we used frozen French beans
Shredded carrots: You can purchase dice whole carrots or by pre-shredded carrots
Russet potatoes: You can also use other types of potatoes like red skins
Flour: Gluten-free flour was used in this recipe
Stock: Use with vegetable or beef stock
Seasoning: Salt, pepper, garlic, onion, thyme