Did you know there is a difference between “cottage pie” and “shepherd’s pie?” Shepherd’s pie should only be named as such if it contains lamb, and “cottage” usually applies to one made with beef. 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. source
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.
Ladle into dish(es).
Spread mashed potatoes on top.
Sprinkle with paprika.
Broil until browned on top.
Rachel's 30-Minute Shepherd's Pie
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
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are smooth.
While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. Drain fat; add chopped carrot and onion and cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce; cook 1-2 minutes. Add gravy to meat and vegetables; stir in peas.
Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Sprinkle with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.
Joining Blogging friend Kathleen @ Cuisine Kathleen for her 8th Annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl. It's lots of fun to see her tablescapes and yummy recipes. Share your St. Patrick's Day post or take a peek at the many Irish ideas that other share!