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Basic Shepherd's Pie

Potatoes, onions, corn and meat -- and a few special touches and you have a basic casserole.

Something simple and easy for busy spring days.

Consider substituting the beef with another meat--try Shepherd's Pie with Poultry--possibly even lamb left over from spring celebrations.


  • 4 to 5 large potatoes, prepared as mashed potatoes
  • 3/4 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 T. olive oil
  • 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
  • Paprika


Prepare mashed potatoes according to your favorite recipe.

Warm the olive oil in large frying pan and sauté onions and garlic over medium heat until translucent, about 2 to 4 minutes. Add ground beef. Stir and turn frequently to ensure even cooking, and cook meat until gray in color; remove from heat.

Turn meat into medium-sized casserole dish. Top with frozen corn, uncooked. Spread mashed potatoes over all, to edges of dish to seal. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 25 to 30 minutes, until edges start to turn golden.

Serves 4.

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I don't want to seem picky, but I think what you are describing is a "cottage pie" a shepherds pie is made with lamb, hence the name. I also wanted to point out that instead of frying the beef, if you slow cook the ground beef in a saucepan on a low heat for about 30 - 45 minutes with a small amount of liquid (beef broth is best, but water will do)with a splash of worcestershire sauce, a handful of mushrooms and a boullion cube you get an incredibly flavorful beef filling. You will need to stir the beef every now and again to stop it clumping, but it's worth it. I always use frozen peas, but corn is just fine then after you apply the mashed potatoes to the top, take a fork and create mini furrows across the top like a newly plowed field, then before you remove the cassarole from the oven flip it to broil for a few minutes to get a crispy crunchy top. Thats how my mother taught me to do cottage pie 40 years ago and I've never had a better one. Hope you enjoy!
Valdorra, Red House, VA
Posted: 12/30/2011 10:36:36 PM
our family loves this
kim, Thonotosassa, FL
Posted: 2/18/2011 4:44:10 AM
My kids joke that they want me to make shepherd's pie with real shepherd. lol
l, r, NM
Posted: 12/7/2010 5:49:03 PM
I've made shepherds pie before, but with mushrooms not carrots. I'll try that & also the paprika.
wendy, round rock, TX
Posted: 11/27/2009 9:48:40 AM
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