It was just brought to my attention that any mince pie may be called either Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie and, that the two names were interchangeable until recently. Thanks much to Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes for pointing out this article.
Winter is finally rearing it’s chilly head here in Northern California. With temperatures finally dipping into the 30’s in the early mornings and the need for a jacket even in the afternoons the thought of a warm and comforting meal in the evening becomes less of a fond memory and more of an urgent desire. Baby, it’s cold outside! Time for some comfort food.
Please note that this is not a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherd’s Pie, by definition uses minced lamb. Anything else is a cottage pie and cannot technically be called a shepherd’s pie. Regardless of that factoid (which you may or may not give a hoot about), this dish is full of all the love and goodness that you and your family will be craving throughout the oncoming chilly days and nights of winter. It’s a satisfying, warm and hearty dish that’s just perfect for cozying up around the table with family or friends and some good wine and conversation. (Or stout. Stout is good here, too!)
Have yourself some meat and mash love this winter. You deserve it. It’s comfort food season, so consider this a calorie-free meal for a Saturday night and enjoy! We surely did. Whether you call this a cottage pie or a shepherd's pie, it's sure to become one of your families favorite recipes. Give it a try!
Cottage Pie Recipe
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 858Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 191mgSodium: 403mgCarbohydrates: 70gFiber: 8gSugar: 6gProtein: 54g
What I would have done Differently had I thought of it at the time:
Whether you call this a cottage pie or a shepherd's pie, it's sure to become one of your families favorite recipes. Give it a try!
there are infinite variations of this dish and i can think of several different things I could have done. Let’s leave this as a basic example and just let your imagination run wild.
Links to other recipes like this:
- Irish Cottage Pie Recipe, from Karina’s Kitchen
- Cottage Pie, from Don’t Forget Delicious
- Cottage Pie, from 80 Breakfasts
I’ve never had cottage pie. This recipe looks like something my husband will love!
Mmmm…love that pie (and call it whatever you want!). The stout sounds like a great companion too! Great stuff!
Nice pie. Sounds easy to make. I should try that.
Thank you for calling this its proper name of cottage pie not Shepperd’s pie. I went to a British pub in Florida yesterday and they called it Shepperd’s pie when it was made with beef, so irritating. any way not only is it named properly it sounds great and i am now in the mode to at it.
To be frank, I wouldn’t know if I wasn’t a British TV junkie. Gordon Ramsay set me straight on the topic. It makes for good conversation here in the states
Learn something new everyday! Didn’t know that a shepherd’s pie is suppose to be made with lamb. Going to have to educate the family. We have grown up calling Cottage Pie a Shepherd’s Pie.
Yum! In Québec we call it ‘pâté chinois’: French Hachis parmentier. Most of the people eat it with Ketchup. I make my own Fruit Ketchup to eat with pâté chinois. In my recipe I use corn, celery, onions and garlic. Might try to add the carrots next time.
“factoid” is such a fascinating word. And now I know the “Shepherds pie” the husband once made for me was really cottage in variety. That’s for the edumacation. I’ll show him this recipe. I was a “test subject” for his last pie. I’m sure he can glean some wisdom from your recipe.
Yum, nothing beats a hot cottage pie on a cold winter’s night. I had one in one of those microwave meals the other day and it just wasn’t the same (I should have known!)
Cottage and shepherds pies are Kent to have a meat gravy in them as well. Add a tbl spoon of flour when browning the ground meat then after its cooked e add meat stock to meat mixing to prevent lumps and continue as directed
Its also normal to add pea’s to the ground meat mix
I’m a British chef I know cottage and shepherds pie’s