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Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie
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5 from 2 votes

Cottage or Shepherd's Pie

A classic British dish! Use ground beef for Cottage pie and ground lamb for Shepherd's pie. Use a sharp cheddar, preferably English if you can.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: British
Servings: 6
Calories: 466kcal
Author: Cynthia


  • 3 Tablespoons oil use a neutral oil or mild olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef or ground lamb
  • 2 cups carrots and peas Frozen or fresh
  • 8 ounces Mushrooms sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce or to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 potatoes boiled and mashed
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated (divided)


  • In a medium sized skillet, heat the oil until shimmering. Add onions and cook 2-3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, ground lamb or beef, stirring to break it up about 5 minutes. 
  • Add garlic, thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Saute until meat is no longer pink. 
  • Mix in carrots and peas.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper
  • Put meat mixure into a casserole dish. (You can also use a souffle dish or oval baking dish...something between 8"x8" and 13"x9"). Top with 1/2 cup cheddar.
  • Spread or pipe mashed potatoes and top with remaining grated cheese.
  • Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees F. for 45 minutes or until hot and bubbly and cheese is melted.



Serving: 6g | Calories: 466kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 418mg | Potassium: 803mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4905IU | Vitamin C: 15.8mg | Calcium: 395mg | Iron: 5mg