Traditional Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's pie

We did it! We spent two amazing weeks in Scotland, Ireland and Italy. Even though two of the three countries primary language was English, the culture shock was still there. I’m writing this post to share with you my favorite meals in each country. As they say in Ireland, “Sláinte”, or cheers! Here’s the book I purchased and adore – Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook.

Shepherd’s Pie.

Ingredients.
2 pounds ground lamb, beef or turkey (for a healthier option) 2 1/2 pounds yellow, potatoes, peeling and cut 2 medium onions 2 large carrots or medium parsnips, grated 6 large mushrooms, sliced 3 garlic cloves 3 large egg yolks 1 cup Parmesan cheese 6 T butter 1 T minced fresh rosemary 2 T minced fresh thyme 2 T tomato paste 1 T Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp salt 1 tsp freshly ground pepper 1/2 cup red wine (optional) 1 cup brown beef or chicken stock.
Instructions.
Move rack to middle and heat oven to 425°
In a large sauce pan, add meat, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until browned.
Add onions, carrots, garlic and mushrooms, 5-7 minutes. Drain out excess fat.
Add tomato paste, stir for one minute. Add red wine, reduce for 2 minutes.
Add stock and Worcestershire sauce, simmer 15 minutes.
In a separate large pot, add 2 inches of water, place potatoes in large pot.
Over medium-high hear, cover and bring to boil.
Reduce to medium and steam for 30 minutes, drain.
Mash, add butter and egg yolk, until smooth.
Add 1/2 Parmesan cheese and mix well.
Spoon the meat mixture into baking dish (2 quarts), spoon potatoes over meat, sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese.
Bake 30 minutes, or until top is golden.
Recipe adapted from Book: Outlander Kitchen.
Notes.
This is the most authenitic recipe I stumbled across. After traveling, I ordered this book by Theresa Carle-Sanders, in hopes to bring to the US the fantastic foods I ate abroad.

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What is traditional shepherd’s pie made of?

Traditional shepherd’s pie is made of lamb or mutton, and mashed potatoes.

Why do they call it a shepherds pie?

The name of this dish comes from the traditional way of making it, which involved layering mashed potatoes over a ground beef mixture, then baking it all in one pie dish. Shepherds, who were responsible for herding livestock, would have likely been the ones to make this dish, hence the name.

What is the difference between cottage pie and shepherds pie?

There are a few key differences between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie. The two dishes are both made with minced meat, but cottage pie is typically made with beef while shepherd’s pie is made with lamb. Cottage pie also has a layer of mashed potatoes on top, while shepherd’s pie has a layer of mashed peas.

Is Shepherd’s pie British or Irish?

There is no definitive answer to this question as both the British and Irish claim ownership of shepherd’s pie. The dish is thought to have originated in either country, though there is no definitive proof of this. Some say that the British version is made with minced lamb, while the Irish version is made with ground beef. Others say that the differences between the two versions are minimal.