Shepherds Pie Recipe

shepherds pie recipe

Here is a great alternative to ordinary Christmas food – a wonderful Shepherds Pie recipe made by my b/f, Jon. When he works the kitchen he makes even the great Gordon Ramsay seem pale in comparison :)

You’ll have to look far and wide for a tastier pie, which is a MUST on cold Winter days. It can be made in three different variations for all tastes: Shepherds Pie, Cottage Pie och Vegetarian Pie. The recipe is given here in English as Jon is from New Zealand. Enjoy!

shepherds pie recipe


(Serves 4 – 6)


Potato top:

  • 1 kg floury potatoes
  • butter
  • milk
  • herbes de provence
  • 100g grated parmesan cheese
  • salt
  • pepper


  • 500g lamb mince meat (for Shepherds Pie) OR
  • 500g beef mince meat (for Cottage Pie) OR
  • 500g quorn mince or equivalent (for Vegetarian Pie)
  • 4 – 5 carrots
  • 2 – 3 challots / onions
  • 3 – 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1kg chopped tomatoes
  • 300g frozen peas
  • 60ml liquid beef stock / 1 – 2 beef stock cubes
  • 50ml Worchestershire sauce
  • 1/3 red chilli / 1tsp Sambal Oelek
  • 50ml tomato ketchup
  • 30ml soy sauce
  • herbes de provence
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Set oven to 220C
  2. Chop and boil potatoes in a large saucepan. While boiling, go to step 3:
  3. In a large frying pan, lightly fry mince, garlic, challots, carrots.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, peas, beef stock, Worchestershire sauce, chilli, ketchup, soy sauce, herbes de provence (to taste), salt (to taste), pepper (to taste).
  5. Let simmer 5 – 10 minutes.
  6. Drain potatoes when soft. Lightly mash with fork. Add milk, butter, salt, peppar and herbes de provence to taste. Continue to mash with a fork until done.
  7. Pour mince mixture into a large oven dish.
  8. Top with mashed potatoes. Sprinkle over parmesan cheese.
  9. Bake the Shepherds Pie in the oven for 15 minutes at 220C. The parmesan cheese should melt and become crispy brown on top.
  10. Remove from the oven and serve pie hot, with a glass of red wine on the side.

Bonus recipe: Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherds Pie

Interesting trivia

Cottage pie was first seen in 1791. It was made with leftover roasted meats in a pie dish lined with potato and potato crust on top. Potato being first introduced around this time as an edible crop affordable by the poor.

The dish “Shepherd’s pie” wasn’t heard of until the late 1800’s. The term has been used synonymously with “cottage pie”, regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton. More recently, the term “Shepherd’s pie” has been used when the meat is lamb, which makes sense as shepherds farm sheep, and not cattle.


Did you try the recipe? How did it taste?


and LOVE from Jon and Maria

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  • Reply
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 02:08

    Oh Yum! i have been to New Zealand and they really do know how to eat there!

  • Reply
    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 16:48

    Looks delicious. I love eating Shepard’s pie. It is one of those comfort foods.

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    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 18:05

    Mmm seems very good, since I love vegetables it is a kind of dish I’d love to eat in the winter evenings!:) Kisses Maria! Love<3

  • Reply
    Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 00:29

    Oh my! Tis the Season, indeed.
    Maria even got to the kitchen ;)… not to admire lovely prints, whimsical chairs, exquisite cutlery, but to enjoy Jon’s Culinary Gift (I like to think of Gordon Ramsay pale… best shut up but pale will do ahahahah THANK YOU, JON!).
    And yummy looking foods to top. :)
    Thank you for sharing, Precious Girl!
    Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and Jon and your Families!

  • Reply
    Thursday, August 1, 2013 at 22:46

    Wow this recipe looks absolutely amazing. I will have to cook this up. It looks like the perfect comfort food for me.

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