As a newlywed ten years ago, my desire was to cook foods that my husband loved. When I found out what they were, I searched high and low for the recipes so I could make him these delicious meals.
One meal that he said was his favorite was Shepherd’s Pie. I found a basic recipe, but then I tweaked it to make sure it matched our tastes and flavor preferences.
Shepherd’s Pie has since become the favorite of our 6 year old daughter. One day recently at the dinner table she asked why it is called Shepherd’s Pie. None of us knew the answer, so we deferred to Google to find the answer.
What we were calling Shepherd’s Pie is actually called Cottage Pie. “Cottage pie or shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato.” [source Wikipedia] However, Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb (hence the Shepherd part of the title), and Cottage Pie is made with beef.
During the holidays, you can find many of the ingredients on sale. That fact alone makes this recipe ideal to make during the cold winter months. It can be served on a plate or in a bowl, eaten with a fork or a spoon. However, you choose to have yours, it will warm you up, while satisfying your tummy.
I still call our version Shepherd’s Pie, but my daughter is trying to keep me straight as to the correct name of our favorite dinner.
Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie
- 1 lb. ground beef or lamb
- 1 small onion (diced)
- 1 small green pepper (chopped)
- 1 can corn (drained)
- 1 can green beans (drained)
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can condensed tomato soup
- 1 pkg. instant mashed potatoes (your choice of flavor)
- 1 pkt. Sazon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In a skillet, brown ground meat with onion, green pepper, Adoboe to taste, and Sazon.
- Drain and remove skillet from heat.
- Add corn, green beans, tomatoes, and soup. Mix well.
- Transfer mixture to a casserole dish.
- Follow the direction on the mashed potatoes package.
- Spread cooked mashed potatoes across the top of the meat mixture.
- Cover with aluminum foil.
- Bake for 45 min.
This recipe is very adjustable. If you do not care for any of the vegetables listed, you can remove it from the recipe. You can also use other vegetables in this recipe to suit your taste. What I found is the more veggies I added, the further this meal went.
As I researched the origin of Shepherd’s Pie, I found there are so many different variations all over the world. I even discovered that Puerto Rico (my background) has its own version called pastelón de papa (potato casserole). That will be a version I will have to try soon.
This post was written by Suzette from The Joy of Homemaking.