Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Shepherd's Pie Recipe

One of my favorite meals is Shepherd's Pie. I used to get it at this little Irish pub in town, but they closed and I was left to make my own. I looked up many recipes and try a bunch of them. I took pieces from the ones I liked and made my own and I thought I would share it with you all. This is husband and toddler approved.


Serves 4 - 6
Shepherd's Pie Recipe


1 pound ground beef or ground lamb
1 large onion
1 cup vegetables (I used chopped carrots and peas)
2 - 1 1/2 lbs red potatoes (about 4 medium ones)
6 tbl butter
1 cup beef broth
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
pepper, garlic powder, onion salt, salt and paprika (or your favorite seasonings)

Shepherd's Pie Ingredients


1. Peel and chop your potatoes into 1/2 inch pieces.
2. Boil your potatoes in salted water until tender (about 20 minutes).
3. While your potatoes are cooking, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet.
4. Cook your onions and carrots for 10 minutes over medium heat. Add your peas in the last 2 minutes of cooking. Take your veggies out, put in a bowl and cover with foil.
Shepherd's Pie veggie mix

5. Add your ground beef and cook until no longer pink. Drain your fat (important) and add in your seasonings. I just eyeball it to my liking.
6. Add your veggies back into the meat. Add in Worcesterchire sauce, half a cup of beef broth and stir. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to medium and cook for about 5 minutes.
Shepherd's Pie meat and veggie mix

7. While the mixture is cooking, make a flour paste of 1/2 tablespoon flour and 1/8 cup cold water).
Flour paste

8. Add an additional 1/2 cup of beef broth and make a well in the center of your beef and veggie mixture. Add in your flour paste and mix it all together. Let it simmer for a few minutes to cook out the paste and make more of a gravy like texture.
9. Mash your potatoes and add in about 4 tablespoons of butter, some milk (not necessary) and season to taste with salt and pepper.
10. Place meat and veggie mixture into a pan (I recommend an 8 x 8 foil pan for less clean-up). Spread it out evenly and top with mashed potatoes. Spread your potatoes out evenly. You can use a fork to make some peaks or just leave it smooth. Sprinkle with paprika.
Shepherd's Pie meat and veggie mix
Shepherd's Pie

11. Cook at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Broil for the last few minutes to get a gold brown topping.
Shepherd's Pie

12. Serve and enjoy!
Shepherd's Pie

It may not plate beautifully, but it is so flavorful and delicious.
Shepherd's Pie Recipe


  1. The first time I'd ever had this was when someone brought it to us after graham was born! It was so good. I've got to make it again! Saving this recipe

  2. OMG I love shepherds pie! I've only made it once but now I think I need to try it again, looks delish!

  3. I've never had shepherds pie... I'm that weirdo about certain foods touching. I know... I'm worse than a 4 year old sometimes ;)

  4. YUM! I recently learned this is basically the Minnesota version of tator tot hotdish-just with mashed potatoes instead of tots :-) I need to try this for a change of pace!

  5. I have never ever had Shepherd's Pie. Could you use store bought mashed potatoes for this, too?

  6. I've never attempted Shepherd's Pie, but I always enjoy eating it. This looks so yummy! Beautifully Candid

  7. I've never had Shepard's Pie but it looks amazing. I may need to try it. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. I have never had shepherd's pie before, but it looks good! I would have to pick out the peas, though. I LOVE peas, but I cannot eat the little round green ones (English peas or sweet peas).

  9. MMM I have not had this is years! Such comfort food! Thanks for sharing! And glad the girls like it!