What Nobody Tells You About Shepherd’s Pie

We all love the comfort, warmth and flavor of a homemade Shepherd's pie fresh out of the oven, or is it Cottage pie? Is there a difference?  Our neighbors in England insist that indeed there is.  Both are topped with mashed potatoes and traditionally filled with peas and carrots; however Shepherd's pie features ground lamb (think of the shepherd herding his sheep) while a Cottage Pie is made with ground beef.  Top the mashed potatoes with breadcrumbs and you get Cumberland Pie.  It doesn't stop there.  This dish exists in Middle Eastern (Siniyet batata), Latin American (Pastel de Papas) and French (Hachis Parmentier) cuisine.  Who would have thought the comfort food many of us grew up with was so worldly?

Lucky for you, we have 100% Grassfed ground beef AND lamb available in our Fox Shop and on our online store.  This dish so simple to assemble, is sure to be a crowd pleaser and can be modified easily to fit your diet.   I like to substitute mashed potatoes for mashed cauliflower and peas for sweet potatoes.  Check out a couple of our favorite recipes by clicking the photos below. 

Alton Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie

<span class="light">Alton</span> Brown’s Shepherd’s Pie

Martha Stewarts Cottage Pie

<span class="light">Martha</span> Stewarts Cottage Pie

Comments are disabled for this post