Satisfying Shepherd’s and Cottage Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is a simple dish made of minced lamb or mutton, topped with mashed potatoes. When beef is used it is properly called cottage pie. It dates back to the 1800s, originating in the sheep raising areas of northern England and Scotland, when frugal housewives sought creative ways to “make over” cooked meat, marking the acceptance of potatoes as a food source for humans. Use sweet potatoes to add to your Thanksgiving buffet. 
Satisfying Shepherd’s and Cottage Pie
Shepherd’s Pie is a simple dish made of minced lamb or mutton, topped with mashed potatoes. When beef is used it is properly called cottage pie. It dates back to the 1800s, originating in the sheep raising areas of northern England and Scotland, when frugal housewives sought creative ways to “make over” cooked meat, marking the acceptance of potatoes as a food source for humans. Use sweet potatoes to add to your Thanksgiving buffet. 
Servings Prep Time
4Serves 50minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Servings Prep Time
4Serves 50minutes
Cook Time
40minutes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat to 400°F and grease an 8 x 10 inch baking dish.
  2. Sauté onions, carrots, and parsnips in a small amount of vegetable oil over medium heat until tender.
  3. Add the ground meat and sauté until no pink remains. Next add the thyme, Worcestershire Sauce, and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  4. Add the beef stock and cook, uncovered, over low heat for about 10minutes, adding more stock as necessary to keep moist.
  5. Add the frozen peas, and spread the mixture evenly in the baking dish. Cover the mixture with the grated cheese.
  6. Add the mashed potatoes on top of the mixture. For a special treat, fill a large pastry bag with a fluted end and pipe the potatoes on top of the meat, but be sure your potatoes are well mashed or the lumps will clog your piping tube.
  7. Place the piping bag in a tall flower vase to help you fill it. You can also use sweet potatoes for a colorful Thanksgiving buffet dish instead of potatoes or use both to satisfy all of your guests.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until the potatoes are lightly browned.
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