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The name “cottage” was applied to this kind of meat pie around the time potatoes were being introduced in the UK, because they were affordable for peasants, many of whom would live in cottages. The term “cottage pie” predates “shepherd’s” by nearly a century, but each was used synonymous with the other for a long time.
To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I went with a Rachel Ray 30 minute version using ground beef. The only thing I did different was using leftover baked potatoes that I purposely planned for this week.
After browning the beef then the carrot and onion, stir in the peas and gravy.
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- 2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/2 cup cream or milk
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 3/4 pounds ground beef or ground lamb
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped (I used 2)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef stock or broth
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- sweet paprika to sprinkle on top
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
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handmade by amalia says
My mother used to make this. Why did she stop? Why do I never make it? Looks delicious.
This is a family favourite after a toast beef dinner. The next night I use finely chopped roast beef, leftover vegetables and gravy and top it with potato or pastry. Very good!
Thanks so much for joining in with your delicious Cottage Pie. Yes, I was told years ago mine was NOT Shepherd's Pie as I used ground beef! Who cares as long as it is good!
Have a great Palm Sunday, can't believe Easter is almost here! You have lots of little bunnies to join your celebration!
My Recent Favorite Books says
Your recipe looks so good! I have always enjoyed Shepherds Pie, and didn't know there was a difference in these 2 types of recipes.
Have a great weekend!
This looks easy and delicious. And you always make your recipes look pretty!
I never knew there was a difference, thank you for sharing and your dear visit. Have a wonderful Friday and a lovely afternoon. With love Janice
Oh my goodness, that cottage pie looks delicious. Cute little elf!
Visiting from Cuisine Kathleen.
Have a great weekend. ♣
Cottage Pie is my favorite of the two. I am not a big lamb eater.
Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says
I have been making a dish we call shepherd's pie for many years, but now I see I should have been saying cottage pie! Your version sounds delicious! Linda
Barbara F. says
I definitely prefer the ground beef, so cottage pie for me! Happy Saint Patrick's Day. These look so yummy.
I didn't know there was a difference but now I do 🙂 Those sure look good and so easy to make too
Thank you for sharing the difference in these dishes. The Cottage Pie looks really good and I will have to try it. We are having corned beef and cabbage tonight.
Have a blessed evening.