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Old-style pubs have it right: Sitting down to a generous helping of shepherd's pie is a true pleasure; making it is happily simple. We've added sharp cheddar to our mashed potatoes for a snappy topping.

Source: Everyday Food, October 2008
Total Time Prep Servings



Cook's Notes

Both filling and topping can be made up to a day ahead and refrigerated separately.

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  • RebaMurff
    24 JUL, 2014
    I used ground chuck for this one and would definitely recommend that you drain the beef, otherwise the filling is too soupy. Makes a very tasty fall dinner, shepherds pie or cottage pie.
    • MS10813007
      11 APR, 2018
      I agree, drain it.
  • MS10748884
    5 MAR, 2018
    Have made this for years it is a favorite in our house
    • MS10813007
      11 APR, 2018
      Still our go to recipe. We do swap out celery for peas!
  • MS11125285
    16 NOV, 2016
    This is a Cottage Pie as it is made with beef. A Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb. You should know that Martha.
    • MS12186721
      13 SEP, 2017
      Clearly you did not make it! because if you did, there is not way you would be this grumpy as it is so delicious!
  • mojomariposa
    9 MAR, 2015
    Why so bland, Martha? Yeesh. Made this with ground turkey and reduced fat where I could (2% milk, less cheese). Tasty, but only after liberal application of salt and pepper. And hot sauce. And jalapeƱos.
    • jaynedough00g
      4 DEC, 2016
      it was bland because you used ground turkey and 2%... don't critique a recipe if you don't follow it. the dish was amazing when i used the recipe :)
  • genedcooper
    31 MAR, 2016
    This version results were absolutely awesome! I made it just like the recipe, with two exceptions. I did not have white cheddar, used regular and it was fine. And I added a shot of Jameson to give it some good ol Irish spirit. Wish I could post a picture, its beautiful...
  • MS10077972
    2 MAR, 2015
    Three stars as written, but 4 to 5 with adjustments! I had some great ground lamb from my CSA-so guess I can say I made shepherd's pie :-). I browned the lamb first and then added the veggies (wanted the brown flavor and also to make sure that I could remove some of the fat if necessary. Instead of tomato paste I used Sir Kensington Ketchup & increased the quantity by at least double. Also increased the ratio of potatoes slightly-maybe 1.5 times and a combo of half heavy cream and nonfat.
  • ecmother
    24 JAN, 2015
    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet...and this is delicious regardless of its name (or meat)! ;) I made it with ground turkey, adding in minced garlic (two cloves) a healthy amount of smoked paprika, and several glugs of worcestershire sauce. It was a huge success with all the family!
  • MS10145029
    4 NOV, 2014
    This looks great, but just a minor note, it's cottage pie, not shepherd's pie. Shepherd's pie is made with ground lamb or mutton (as in shepherd, sheep, bah bah....); cottage pie can be made with any other ground up type of meat. Cheers
    • ddowning56455
      5 NOV, 2014
      Randal: Maybe the "shepard" was from Texas. . .
  • AMJepp98
    4 MAY, 2014
    This is not Shepherd's Pie! Shepherd's pie is made with lamb. Sheep - Shepherd is where the name comes from. A meat/potato pie with beef is called cottage pie. Such a shame that Martha Stewart would make such an error! Go to any respectable restaurant and order a shepherd's pie. You will be served lamb!
  • MrsMacBee
    16 FEB, 2014
    Suggestion: brown the meat by itself and drain well before adding to the vegetables. If you add a beaten egg or two to the filling before baking, then let it stand a few minutes before serving it will set up and cut into neater squares. I also liked to add a healthy grind of black pepper, splash of tabasco if you like a little "zip". Good to make ahead, serve with crisp salad and fresh bread. a popular supper with the teenagers.

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