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May 19, 2007 05:31 PM

Shepherds' Pie

Anyone else out there make this with lamb? Isn't that what shepherds take care of: sheep?Everytime I see it on a restaurant menu, it's made with ground beef. Wouldn't that be Cowboy Pie?

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  1. Shepherd's Pie is traditionally made with lamb. I think they started making it with beef for us silly Americans.

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        1. re: Scrapironchef

          Are you sure? I think I saw a special on shepherd at Safeway last week...

          Scrapironchef, that was my best laugh of the day.

    1. I learned in another post that the beef version is properly known as "Cottage Pie". "Sheperd's Pie is made with lamb or, ugh, mutton.

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      1. re: bropaul

        correct, Shepherd's pie is lamb, Cottage Pie is beef - I am a Brit!!

        1. re: bropaul

          "ugh, mutton"? Mutton would be wonderful right now.

          1. re: bropaul

            I used to work in a British pub in Ecuador, and if I ever have to listen to another sanctimonious Brit traveller flying around the world on mommy's quid tell me that what was called "shepard's pie" on our menu was really cottage pie because it was made with beef, I think I might kill them

            but yes, this is what I learned while I was there.

            1. re: dagoose

              Isn't a hot dog a sausage on a bun?

          2. Yes it was always made with lamb in my family. Sundays leftover leg of roasted lamb was put through the grinder ( anyone else remember the gadget that you would clamp onto the kitchen counter ?) seasoned and topped with mashed potatoes. Delish....

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            1. re: tunapet

              I still have my Nannie's grinder.. and that's exactly how I do it....And add the left over peas and carrots, and use the left over baked tatties for the mash crust.

              **insert sound of heavenly choir**

              Just divine!!!

            2. Made it last night with lamb (if made with beef it's cottage pie as others have said). We added corn to the mix, as well as the usual carrots and onions. Added a little mascarpone cheese to the mashed potato mixture before spreading it on top. Sprinkled with cayenne pepper before baking.


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              1. re: victoriafoodie

                Did you ever add a tin of baked beans to the meat in a cottage pie? Also, we used to have Hot Pot -beef stew topped with a savoury crust.

                1. re: Densible

                  Baked Beans (Heinz is the only variety worth eating) goes so well with either cottage PIe or sheperds Pie. In fact Baked Beans is the (surprisinly) perfect combination to any form of Beef or Lamb pie I can think of.

                  First came across it in a dodgy cafe in Magaluf, Spain(a teenage holday when food was simply something do pass the time between drinks) thought it was weird to get a sheperds pie with beans poured on top, but a group of us used to go back every day for the same thing - so good!

              2. As everyone else has posted, shepard's pie is always lamb and cottage pie is beef. Beef is cheaper and more familiar in the US hence the lame substitution.

                I *love* shepard's pie. We always make them with the remnants of a braised lamb shoulder roast. Pretty found of cottage pie too. And then there is chicken pot pie... Tasty.