I posted this shepherd’s pie and the variations back in 2013. I still love the original recipe and those variations, but there is more you can do with these pies.
Also, my daughter Zowie pointed out to me that, while these were called Shepherd’s pies while I was growing up, and therefore while she and her sister were growing up, they are actually cottage pies. Why? Because our versions are not made with lamb. If yours are, please continue to call them shepherd’s pie.
These pies can be baked in pans of varying sizes, and they allow for some amount of experimentation. I recently decided to make some for work meals, and these are some of the food combinations I came up with. They are so easy to make.
- Ground beef, peas, mashed carrot, and mashed potato.
- Shredded chicken, corn, mashed squash, and mashed sweet potato.
- Ground beef, corn, peas, mashed carrot, mashed squash, and mashed sweet potato.
- Shredded chicken, corn, peas, mashed squash, mashed potato.
I’m trying to get in as many vegetables a day as I can.
I love the little pie plates I bought. They allow you to make serving size pies for easy lunches, and can be packed into lunch sacks once covered. I use reusable methods for doing this, such as bees wax wrapping. I’d like to find some mini baking pans with lids.
Making a cottage pie is easy.
First, cook the meat and add some to the bottom of the baking dish with 1 or more tablespoons of water, broth, stock, or vegetable cooking liquid. Then add mashed, frozen, or canned vegetables, like this:
Next you want to add a top layer of your choice: squash, white potato, or sweet potato. And sprinkle on any herbs you want.
You can also add a dollop of another topping if you’d like. Be creative. Try new things.
Last, you’ll want to bake the pie(s) at about 350 degrees until they are warmed through. At least 15 or 20 minutes.
- Grow what you can to save money.
- Use store coupons or wait for sales to save money. Better yet, use sales and coupons together.
- Eat in-season when possible for the freshest food, and to maybe save a little money.
- Serve with a side salad, or fresh vegetables slices.
Enjoy the recipe!