If you want to give beef a break, try our recipe for this comfort-food classic that's made with lamb. Another twist on tradition: Shepherd's pie is usually made in a single dish but you can streamline family dinner by making individual ramekins.
If you do not have leftover cooked lamb on hand, you may use 1 1/4 pounds uncooked lamb stew meat cut into 1-inch pieces: Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add lamb, and cook until deeply browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from pan, finely dice meat, and use in step 2.