Traditional Shepherds Pie

Traditional Shepherds Pie

22 reviews, 4.2 star(s). 82% would make again

Ready in 1 hour

So many recipes on the web use processed products or instant potatoes.

Here is a home made tradional Shepherds pie from England by a Yorkshire woman, lol.

You may use leftover meats and vegetables as this is how the recipe orignated in the 'good old days'.


1 lb Beef or Lamb; minced (ground)
1 large Onion; sliced
1 lb Carrots; grated (coarsely)
1/2 lb Peas; frozen or fresh
2 lb Potatoes; peeled and chopped for boiling
Gravy Browning or Liquid Bovril
Cheese; (to your liking) grated
1 tablespoon Cooking oil

Original recipe makes 6



Peel potatoes and add to pan of cold water.

Grate carrots coarsely.

Peel and chop the onion finely, add it to a medium saucepan with the cooking oil, saute gently until it turns a golden colour.

Add the minced beef to the onions and cook until browned, drain excess liquid into a jug.

Place the meat and onion mixture into a pyrex or enamel dish large enough to take the pie, mix in the frozen peas or fresh peas and carrots.

Using the liquid left over from the meat return it to the pan, and add gravy browning or Liquid Bovril to your own taste, thicken with a little cornstarch (cornflour) and add to the meat mixture.

Boil the potatoes until done, then drain and mash well with a little butter or margarine (a walnut sized piece or more if you like the buttery flavour)

Turn the potatoes out onto the top of the meat mixture and spread well, making sure it touches the sides of the dish.

Fluff the top well with a fork so that there are little peaks in it.

Bake in the oven on the middle shelf at about 350 degrees fahrenheit until golden brown and crispy on top (approximately 30 minutes).

Remove from the oven and scatter the grated cheese all over the potato topping and place back in the oven for 5 more minutes or until melted.

Serve with other vegetables such as cabbage, cauliflower, green beans whichever vegetable you prefer.

A perfect warming meal for the darker cooler nights of autumn and winter.

Or can be served with a salad for a filling but not too heavy meal for spring and summer.




You can chop and change with this recipe, it is so versatile without resorting to canned or processed foods.

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Ehhh it's ok. You need to season the meat more
29itsmeB 1y ago

Use this all the time and tastes Yummy
Suzi6560 2y ago

It was ok
308wirenut 2y ago

First time made, used instant mashed potatoes and was great - made for dinner with company.
jalani8081 2y ago

Very nice app
ducktails 2y ago

Made this last night, and my family loved it! We shared a 10x8 dish among 4 people but still not enough! It's super easy so I'm making this again today. Thank you!
DeeSharif 2y ago

This is an amazing Shepherd's Pie! My family along with guests from Great Britain enjoyed it very much and they even asked for the recipe. This was simple to make and didn't take long at all , this will have to be made often!
MauraSpeckt 3y ago

Easy to make recipe and delicious but don't forget to add the gravy before the potatoes!
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