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Shepherds Pie - What is the Authentic Dish and How do You Make It?
When my brother in law and sister in law are in town, I and my husband like to go out to dinner with
them. Nighttime we determined to attend a local golf club for comfort food. My sister in law purchased
a historical dish made with lamb, Shepherds Pie, vegetables, and mashed potatoes.
But this main course didn't resemble the historical recipe; it'd been Americanized. I inquired.
"It is meat loaf with mashed potatoes on top," my sister in law answered. "This is great, but it is not
Shepherds Pie." I understood that Shepherds Pie isn't a pie whatsoever, but hot dish, or a meat
casserole, as we say in my home state of Minnesota.
Based on the Cooks.Com site, Shepherds Pie is a British dish made with lamb. Cottage Pie, its cousin, is
made with steak. Contrary to what some consider, neither one includes cheese. "If you see cheese
everywhere near a recipe for either," the site says, "put it down to america's fixation to add cheese to
anything that goes... "
Now though vegetables are added, the first dish was meat, gravy, and potatoes.
Vogel adds onions, carrots, and celery and uses ground lamb for his recipe. He tells the best way to
make home made gravy with mashed potatoes and beef broth with heavy cream. Now that is comfort
The recipe for the classic dish of Paul Merrett is posted on the BBC web site. His recipe calls for chopped
tomatoes and garlic, fresh rosemary, parsnips, peas, and is more of a modern pot pie. Some sites say the
recipe is British and others say it's Scottish. Inside my hunt for info about the historical dish I came
I make Shepherds Pie the old fashion dish manner. My interpretation is founded on a recipe in "The
Fannie Farmer Cookbook: A Tradition of Great Cooking for a Fresh Generation of Cooks." Like there are
not any exact measurements. I 've about three cups of cubed lamb to start with.
I set a carton of defrosted carrots and peas, meat and the gravy into a casserole dish and top the
mixture with mashed potatoes. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35-40 minutes.