Shepherd’s Pie

Yeah, okay. I totally should have made this before St. Patrick’s Day, but you know something? We enjoy this delicious Shepherd’s Pie year-round, and with fresh spring peas, carrots and parsley in abundance, I’d say now’s a better time than ever!

With a cold pint of beer, this meal is pretty much bliss in a baking dish. So, go have a salad for lunch. Then make this for dinner. Your salad-eatin’ self deserves it, so just savor it why dontcha!

In a big hot pan, browned ground beef is combined with tender veggies and a savory homemade gravy. Slather on a thick layer of dreamy, creamy mashed potatoes, toss it under the broiler, and dinner is served! I like a little paprika and fresh parsley sprinkled on top, but if there’s no time for such nonsense in your kitchen, I understand. I do.

Just make sure you’re cooking this alone or with someone who doesn’t mind a mashed potato spoon-licker.

… What? Don’t pretend like you don’t do it. It’s a must.

This delicious Shepherd’s Pie (what some may also call “cottage pie”) is so good, my husband always asks for it on his birthday, Pi Day! While I have visions of cherry lattice and chocolate cream, his mind is stuck on this scrumptious savory pie brimming with hearty beef and potatoes.

I can’t exactly blame the man!

And, yeah… about this. Just make it happen. Trust me and do it. Ketchup + shepherd’s pie = love.

You’ll absolutely enjoy this as much as we do, and though it takes a little work, the taste is well worth it. It may even inspire some spoon-licking of your own! Try it sometime for yourself and some friends with man-sized appetites. You’re gonna need them!

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Shepherd's Pie

Yield: Makes 4-5 servings


2 pounds potatoes (Russet, Yukon or red), peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese
1 large egg yolk
1/2 cup cream (for a lighter version substitute milk, vegetable or chicken broth)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
1 3/4 pounds ground beef
1 carrot, peeled and chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup beef stock or broth
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls
1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour into a large bowl. Add sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Mash or blend with a hand mixer until smooth. Transfer potatoes to another medium bowl and wash pot, to be used for the gravy.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef. Season with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

In the clean pot, over medium heat, add butter and flour. Cook for 1 minute. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy for 1 minute. Pour over skillet of meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Evenly spoon potatoes over meat. Sprinkle with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat, until potatoes are evenly browned. Top with chopped parsley and serve.



28 Responses to “Shepherd’s Pie”

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — May 20, 2013 @ 2:33 am

    I could honestly have shepherd’s pie all year long!

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    Jeremy Norton — May 20, 2013 @ 4:32 am

    This looks absolutely yummy. I can’t wait to try this one time.

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    Marie @ Little Kitchie — May 20, 2013 @ 6:25 am

    OK, this looks awesome!! It’s never the wrong time of year for a meal like this!!

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    Joanne — May 20, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    The beauty of having air conditioning that is included in my rent is that i can make dishes like this all summer long! Total comfort food.

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    Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie — May 20, 2013 @ 8:18 am

    This sounds absolutely divine!!

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    Tieghan — May 20, 2013 @ 8:49 am

    I could totally eat this pie all year long and honestly this recipe could not have come on a more perfect day……
    It is snowing here. Like full on snowing!! I want some comfort food!

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — May 20, 2013 @ 9:31 am

    Shepherd’s Pie is one of my favorite meals and I don’t make it nearly often enough. That ketchup….that pie…..uggggh! Delicious!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — May 20, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    So so delicious! And the photos are so bright and beautiful!

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — May 20, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Your shepherd’s pie looks so tasty, love the natural light in your photos!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — May 20, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    If you say it’s the most amazing, I believe you! My fiance loves shepherd’s pie. I don’t even eat beef and this still looks SO GOOD Georgia!

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    Jaclyn — May 20, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I’ve never made shepards pie but yours is looking so good, I need to try it!

  12. #
    Pam — May 20, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    It does look mighty tasty! I’ll have to try topping it with ketchup – I bet I would love it.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — May 20, 2013 @ 12:34 pm

    You make shepherd’s pie look sexy! OMG this looks good!

  14. #
    Carolyn — May 20, 2013 @ 1:13 pm

    Shepherd’s pie is one of my favourites, except I make the top with mashed cauliflower instead of potatoes!

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — May 20, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

    I am seriously drooling right now! Great looking sheperd’s pie and beautiful photos!!

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    Honey, What's Cooking — May 20, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

    Looks so delicious, I’ve never had Shepherd’s Pie, only heard of it. I should make this with ground turkey.

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    Cassie | Bake Your Day — May 20, 2013 @ 5:06 pm

    This looks really incredible, Georgia! And I’ll eat Shepherd’s pie ANY time of year. I love it and often crave it. This does look truly amazing!

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    The Café Sucre Farine — May 20, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    We love shepherds pie, definitely a treat all year long! Love those outdoor photos!

  19. #
    ashley - baker by nature — May 20, 2013 @ 9:57 pm

    Perfect comfort food!!!

  20. #
    carrian — May 20, 2013 @ 11:35 pm

    My mom’s favorite!! Next time she visits I’ll totally make your version (love her, despise her recipe;)

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    Emanuelle — May 21, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    i love making shepherds pie but I have to admit this really does look like the most amazing one! You’ve given me such a craving! I’m going to try your recipe this time!!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife — May 21, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    This was one of my favorite things my mom made for us growing up. I totally need to resurrect it. And yeah, I lick the spoon too!

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    Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — May 21, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

    I have never had shepherd’s pie but it looks so delish! I must try and see what the fuss is about! Yummy!

  24. #
    Patty — May 22, 2013 @ 6:26 pm

    Talk about comfort food…..looks amazingly delicious and i seriously want this for dinner;-)

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    Kiran @ — May 23, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    omg!! perfect comfort food and i love the ketchup shot! delicious condiment :D

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    Todd @ HonestlyYUM — June 11, 2013 @ 5:29 pm

    Oh my, I totally forgot about shepherds pie!!This used to be one of my favorite dishes. So glad I stumbled upon your recipe.

  27. #
    Nicole — July 26, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

    Yum! I love shepherds pie … Pinning :)

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    Jacob Vindman — March 24, 2014 @ 10:58 pm

    Just made this and it came out amaze balls.
    Wish I could upload pic it’s banging.

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