Shepherd's Pie

Total Time:
1 hr 30 min
Prep:
45 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • For the potatoes:
  • 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup half-and-half
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg yolk
  • For the meat filling:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons freshly chopped rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen English peas
Directions

Peel the potatoes and cut into 1/2-inch dice. Place in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with tongs, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through, about 35 seconds. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the canola oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the lamb, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.

Add the corn and peas to the lamb mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.


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Taste great! I had to use ground beef and pork be that's what I had on hand. Also, I used whipping cream instead of half and half .  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fabulous! I used ground beef and added some more veggies (broccoli, peppers, green beans) that I had on hand, plus also added canellini beans rather than peas. So, it' wasn't authentic Shepherd's Pie by any means, but the seasonings and taste were great! It's a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this and it was incredible.  I did make some changes though.  I added a bottle of Guinness to the lamb along with the chicken stock.  Takes longer to boil down but so worth it.  I also added shredded cheddar to the top after it was done baking.  To make it a bit healthier, I used cauliflower instead of potatoes and also added spinach.    item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and it was delicious! I had to use beef, since it was a last minute plan and I don't keep lamb on hand. My husband loved it, and all four of my kids had seconds, which never happens. I increased the recipe by about 30%, and there were no leftovers! This recipe is going on my permanent list. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a good base recipe. I added more tomato paste and broth to have more of a gravy. It was delicious and my family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the rich taste and depth of flavor in this recipe. I used beef instead of lamb because the store was out. I added 1/4 of red wine when I added the broth and naturally added a little more flour (earlier in the recipe) so that the consistancy wasn't compromised.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the BEST Shepherd's Pie recipe I've had. So delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe exactly as written, I liked it, and I will make it again. But I can't say I raved about it. It was snowing pretty hard, so I didn't feel like trudging out for fresh herbs (I used 1/3 the amount of dried), and they most certainly would have made a difference. I love corn, and feel so-so about peas, but I don't think the flavor of corn worked well here. I would suggest eliminating corn and increasing onions, carrots, and peas. And cutting the broth back to 3/4 cup. I now understand why you need to "seal" the mashed potatoes around the edges; the gravy bubbles up and covers the potatoes, preventing browning. A well-written recipe, easy to make (which was great), but I don't think I would ever crave this.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the recipe!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. If you have to space out your cooking like I do, you can make in a day in advance. Bake 400 degrees for 45+ minutes. Rest 15. I double the mashed potatoes and use 2 c. broth. We don't like rosemary, so I used the thyme, some grated nutmeg, and herbs d'Provence. Great for company on a snowy day.<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so delicious- and I typically don't even like lamb, but my husband talked me into it, and I'm glad he did! I omitted the tomato paste and worcestershire becuase of a food intolerance and it was still amazing! Went back for 3rd helpings, and the leftovers didn't even last a day! Will be making this again!<br /> item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made my own Shepherds Pie for over 20 years (a very simple version). I looked up a change I wanted to make, and found this recipe. I used "meatloaf mix" instead of lamb, as I love the "sweetness" of the mixture of meatloaf mix. Everything else, I did exact. I am one of the best mashed potato makers, or so I thought ... made this recipe exactly as called for (except for using meatloaf mix), and it was spectacular! The potatoes, too, were outrageous! My youngest boy, very finicky, came back for 3rds! Excellent flavor and texture. The salt was perfect, too (remember to use unsalted butter) .. thanks, Alton!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I hate reviews that are done when the recipe has been changed from what was written, yet here I am about to do just that. This recipe is fantastic. I did use ground chuck rather than the lamb and topped with polenta since I was out of potatoes. That said, the flavors that are in this recipe are perfect. My changes in no way affected that basic fact. I look forward to making this again exactly as written and feel confident it will be even better. Try it ... you won't be disappointed item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent recipe and watching the video of Alton playing the part of Sweeney Todd made it extra special! Hilarious! I used ground chuck instead of lamb and it was delicious! I took it over to a neighbors as part of a meal and everyone had second helpings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummy yum yum i love this recipe. delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never had or made shepards pie before. This recipe was delicious and easy to make. My family loved it! I will definitely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty but calls for too much salt. Also too much butter in the mashed potatoes. Makes them greasy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Outstanding recipe. Was a big hit with family. Will definitely make again. I substituted with ground beef because it was what I had on hand. Highly recommend to family and friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious, best ever shepherds pie! I followed the recipe and it was outstanding. My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my new husband's all-time favorite dishes is Shepherd's Pie. To start our marriage off right, I sought out a made-from-scratch recipe that I could make for him. This was to die for! I used ground lamb; I forgot to add the egg yolk to the mashed potatoes, and it was still incredible! item not reviewed by moderator and published
AMAZING! The whole family loved it. I forgot the egg yolk in the potato mixture, but it was still delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made it with venison and it tasted divine! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good, simple recipe and a great way to use leftover garlic mashed! One suggestion....if using ground lamb or other meat that isn't very lean, drain the fat before sprinkling with flour. A bit of nutmeg is a good addition, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this tonight using leftover mashed potatoes, so I can't comment on that part. But the rest was fab! I used 93% lean beef and instead of peas, I used edemame. Loved it! Perhaps a little bland, but I'm sure that was more more novice cooking that the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Family and friends love this recipe. Comes out great no matter what red meat I use. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the first time I ever made SP, my family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Family loved it. I used both lamb and beef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
did this today! really very nice. only thing was that i replaced the half-and-half with fresh milk. used half the amount too. was tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made it with deer meat, but otherwise I respected recipe; 100% to our taste, very good !! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe exactly but it was completely ruined by the overpowering Rosemary and thyme. My husband and I were super bummed. Other than that it probably would have been yummy. My advice is season to taste instead of following the recipe exactly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so good! I haven't had Shepherd pie since moving out of my mothers house and this was my first time with lamb. It really made the dish if you ask me! So flavorful if you use fresh spices, didn't find it bland at all. I also used homemade chicken stock which was super flavorful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was fabulous! It was easy to make as a make ahead meal as well. I made the filling and the potatoes the night before and then just put it in the oven the next day for about 45 minutes to warm it through. I did use ground turkey and ground beef instead of lamb, but the taste was still wonderful. My 5 year old loved it! I will be keeping this one around. item not reviewed by moderator and published
There's an easy way to make a great shepherd's pie. Campbells Golden Mushroom soup added to cooked ground beef. Put whatever veggies you have (corn, peas, onions, mushrooms, etc. Then mashed potatoes, and cheddar cheese. Bake @ 350 until cheese bubbles and turns brown in spots. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this today and it wasn't bad. It was a little bland. I will increase the herbs next time and maybe add some red pepper flakes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best pie ever! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent shepherd's pie recipe! I grew up eating this almost every week, and sadly never got my parents recipe before they passed. Trust me, I've tried so many recipes for this and none were "just right." Until I made this one. SPOT ON and oh-so-yummy! I don't use lamb but rather ground beef (cottage pie, really) and this was as good if not better than my parents' recipe. It makes excellent leftovers, so I always double this recipe (3lbs of potatoes and about 2lbs of 90% lean ground beef) and use an 11x17 glass baking dish. I also drain MOST of the fat off the meat before continuing, though I have learned to leave about 1/3 of it (really adds to the "gravy"). I agree with others that fresh herbs are a MUST here - it makes a ton of difference. A little tip - you can freeze leftover thyme and rosemary in a zip lock bag and it stays fresh for a long time. You can do that with ANY "thick" herb you wouldn't eat raw or sprinkle on the dish as a finishing touch). Thanks, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the "cottage pie" version of this, meaning I subbed out the lamb and used beef. Still awesome. I disagree w/ the reviewer who said "don't bother"...BOTH VERSIONS ARE GREAT !! One word of caution, when using beef, add the salt in 1/2 at a time. Taste in between once the salt has been in a few minutes. Lamb needs the salt, but this time I found that the beef did not need as much. So mine was a bit too salty ( DID use Kosher, NOT table salt) I use about 2 lbs of beef, and upped the garlic to 3 cloves., but 4 would have been better.. Since rosemary is such a strong herb, I cut back on the rosemary to only about 7/8 ish leaves, but next time will use more, but still less than written, then taste in between. It adds that special depth of flavor. I agree wholeheartedly with the reviews that say to use fresh herbs. i have made this using both dried herbs &amp; fresh. The fresh makes a huge difference. A 5 star impressive Dish ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Alton's Shepherd's Pie is my husband's favorite dish! The only problem is that he doesn't like anything else I cook as much as this! I use ground beef instead of lamb, and I drain it. I have tried a few variations of mashed potatoes to put on top. Alton’s version in this recipe is the best. I would like a little more mashed potatoes than he calls for though, so I think I will make it with 2 lbs. of potatoes next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious traditional shepherd's pie. I left out the corn because I don't recall corn being in the shepherd's pies I grew up with, and definitely double the mashed potato. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent shepherd's pie, or cottage/cowboy pie since I used beef. Used 1/2 lb of shaved pub steak and 1 lb. ground beef instead of lamb. The shaved beef added some texture. Used 1 fresh corn on the cob and just cut off the kernels and shelled some peas. The flavor was great. A keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
this was so easy and delicious! The second time I made this i doubled the mashed potato amount. This is a new family fav!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm a vegan so I made this vegan style and to say the lest my family loved it, used mushrooms in place of the lamb, non dairy cream and butter,no egg yolk, chick pea flour, vegan worcestershire sauce, coconut oil and vegie broth other than that stuck to the recipe and turned out great. I love taking great recipes from great chefs and making vegan item not reviewed by moderator and published
We added some good old shredded dutch gouda cheese to the potatoes and did a chili grind (larger) on the lamb. We also added more garlic and a bit of concentrated demi glace to the meat mixture. Be careful not to use too much flour in the meat mixture and make sure to mix it in well. This turned out fantastic. Comfort food at its best. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have modified a few of the ingredients by either replacing them with another or not completely including some. I'm on the Paleo lifestyle and I replaced the mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower and it came out wonderful, I made this for a Super Bowl party and it was a hit! Today I'm making it with potatoes (as potatoes are now Paleo friendly) and I can't wait to taste how amazing it comes out. A few things I replaced - unsalted butter = ghee, half and half = coconut milk (I hope that turns out good and not sweet), all purpose flour = almond flour, canola oil = coconut oil or olive oil, and took out the corn. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Smells great until it starts bubbling up and falling to the bottom of oven causing your whole house to fill with smoke. No matter how well you "seal" the dish with the mash potatoes IT WILL BUBBLE OVER! Remember to "Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan" if you do this will come out amazing without any surprises! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yep. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love real shepherd's pie. You have to use lamb to be shepherd's pie because if you use beef it is cowboy pie. This is the best I have ever made and I even did it on the campfire in a dutch oven. I wasn't sure if the top would brown but it did. We had a pot luck and I brought this. It didn't last very long. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super good! I'm not a huge lamb fan, but my husband is so I try to find ways we can both enjoy it. I added a little more tomato paste and a splash of red wine because the filling tasted a bit bland when I tried it at first. I also used my cream cheese mashed potato recipe for the top because it takes less time, and I was rushed. My market even had fresh English peas which were totally worth the time for this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this and it is a hit with our friends and family! I used 2 cups of mixed veggies instead of 1/2 cup of corn and 1/2 cup peas. Other than that, I would not change a single thing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this! My grocery store was out of lamb so I substituted ground beef and it tasted great. When I'm in a hurry I cheat and use 2 bags of Ore Ida frozen potatoes (the best invention since the flat iron) and nobody knows the difference. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome recipe.... I had stew lamb that I wanted to make something else besides stew with. I bought the meat grinder attachment for my kitchen aide mixer and walla.... I did follow some other recommendations and used double garlic, frozen pea/corn/carrot mix, added sharp cheddar to mashed, and added layer fresh Parmesan between layer. So yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you Alton Brown! Excellent as usual! The tomato paste and spices are just the right combination. Made with home-raised lamb, vegetables, and potatoes. MMMM! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The lamb makes this basic dish so tasty! Go with lamb in this recipe! Alton knows best!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
absolutely delicious...followed it to a tea and it was awesome,,,,teenagers loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Do you drain the fat once you cook the meat? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I can't add much to the reviews below. Alton has done it again. Easy to make and delicious. If you are looking for a new Shepherd's Pie recipe, this is it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this shepherd pie but I used Venison item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight for the first time. (My husband and I have been eating Shepherd's Pie at a number of restaurants and pubs for years.) The only change I made was to swap out the canola oil for Mangalitsa Lard (a luxury I had just purchased.) It was by far the most flavorful Shepherd's Pie I ever had. Absolutely delicious and not terribly hard to make. We'll be making it again and again! Bravo! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This has been a hit in my home. I made this for my family and they loved it. I used ground beef instead. My husbands a picky eater and this went on his request list for dinner. Nice to have on a cold snowy day. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! Would make again!!!!l. Lamb gives it so much more flavor than ground beef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! My family loved this one. The rosemary was so savoury in this dish! Will definitely be making again. I made two by double the recipe exact and froze one and Waalllaaa, Supper for two nights! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! This is as close to my family's traditional recipe as I've come across, and just as good! It was a big hit! I'll be making this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was SO GOOD! Having been to the U.K. several times and having incredible cottage pie there, I was determined to make something as authentic as possible. I've tried several recipes and this one, by far, is the most flavorful and most authentic. The lamb with the rosemary and thyme made it so savory. The flour and tomato paste gave it just the right texture it should have. I did put shredded cheese on the top during the last 5 minutes of baking which made it even more tasty. My husband loved it and said we need to serve this when his mother visits....she's British! Try this recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used beef instead of lamb, omitted the rosemary, and used beef broth instead of chicken. Outstanding!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands down, the Best shepherds pie EVER! The flavor is outstanding! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My boyfriend and I prepared this for a hearty, cold-weather-comfort supper. We subbed chicken broth for 1/2 an organic veggie bouillon cube and 1 cup old vine zin (gnarley head brand) and doubled the garlic cloves. Both of us enjoyed this top-notch recipe and will make it again to share with friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband said it was better than his mother ever made. Wish I had started making this years ago. Sent some to my adult son and he immediately asked me to send him the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my plan for tonight's dinner and at the gym this morning Rachael Ray made a shepherd's pie. I didn't follow her recipe [subtitles] but at the very end I paid attention and she said to use rosemary if you're making a shepherd's pie with lamb but to use sage if you're going to use beef. I didn't care for the flavor of the lamb tonight but I will definitely try this again with beef... and sage. Thought I'd pass on what I learned today. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Oh my, this is FANTASTIC!!! The only thing I do differently is I boil my potatoes in chicken broth which makes them even more off the charts delicious. Also, I only have a 13x9 pan, so next time I will make 2 lbs. of potatoes as there was barely enough to cover the meat. I made this thinking I would have leftovers, but unfortunately my 5 year old ate 2 huge portions and my husband ate 3 (extremely rare since he almost never goes back for seconds of anything). Can't wait to make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic recipe, fussy 14 year old ate with no comment (which is the best I can get at the moment) and my husband who is more of a spicey food lover went back for seconds which is a first for this sort of food. I stuck to the recipe but only had dry rosemary so I used half the required amount and like others I put cheese on top. It a keeper. I had it with a greed salad with peas and basil. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this for our dinner tonight and it was utterly fantastic! This is the real thing -- Shepherd's pie is made with lamb, not beef so I knew Alton's recipe must be close to the real deal. And it is. The flavours are well developed, it's easy to make, and his little extra in the potatoes is perfect. Although this was for my husband and my dinner tonight, this is easily company food. Excellent. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing Amazing! I have used this recipe three times and it is always wonderful comfort food for a fall Sunday Dinner. I do change it just a little and add a combination of lamb, veal, &amp; beef. Also using beef broth and heavy whipping cream to give it a rich taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Usually I prepare this with ground beef. This time it was made from ground lamb. More pricy, but figured I'll try it, being this is something I do not make very often. Followed the recipe almost to the tee. To my delight, this pie was bursting with flavour! I topped mine off with a little shredded cheddar, and sprinkled chopped basil for colour, which gave it a nice presentation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I used ground turkey otherwise kept everything the same and it came out delicious! I served 8 people and not a drop was left! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful recipe. Had to use beef due to not having the lamb. I added more garlic and a dash more Worcestershire and tomato paste, but kept the herbs the same. A little shredded sharp cheddar on top of the potatoes before baking added some fun to it. I will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
"Delicious. Like really. Delicious." - the boyfriend. This was so, so good. I followed the advice of lots of reviews and doubled the mashed potatoes, used beef and beef stock instead of lamb and chicken stock, and pretty much doubled the amount of seasonings. E.g. 5 cloves of garlic, eye balled FRESH herbs, s&amp;p, doubled tomato paste, etc. Taste as you go. I used all ingredients listed, including corn and peas which I think added a great sweetness and brightened up the flavor and look. The filling was so good before we put it in the 11x7 dish we said it could've been eaten even with noodles or rice! Great for a crowd. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My whole family loved it!!!...but my 11 year old thinks this is an Elton John recipe and not Alton Brown. I did replace the lamb with beef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is absolutely amazing, my family was blown away. I have worked at numerous Irish Pubs, but have never tasted a Shepherd&amp;#39;s Pie that was even close to being as good as this one. The only thing I changed the second time I made it was adding more potatoes on top since I am a major potato lover. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe with beef and lamb and prefer the beef version. I prep all of the ingredients and then layer them accordingly. FABULOUS! This has to be one of the most flavorful, well balanced Shepherd&amp;#39;s Pies that I have ever tasted and it&amp;#39;s a big hit in my house. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe with beef the first time as I could not find ground lamb. It was so delicious, my boyfriend and I ate almost the whole thing. I made it exactly to the recipe, no substitutions besides the beef. Making it tonight, using ground lamb I finally found, I have been off-put since cooking and now eating by the lamb&amp;#39;s smell and flavor. I realize it isn&amp;#39;t technically &amp;#34;shepherd&amp;#39;s pie&amp;#34; if you use beef, but for me it tasted much much better with beef. The lamb is a strange smell and flavor I am not used to. I also left out the egg the second time (allergy to eggs and the potatoes were just as delicious. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Well, I was tempted to stay safe in my comfort zone with beef, but went ahead with lamb since it seems to go better with the other ingredients....like rosemary and ckn broth. So glad I did! I read several reviews and decided to double the worcestershire and garlic, and added another tsp of tomato paste, and doubled the potatoes and all its ingredients (don&amp;#39;t worry...it will fit into your 8x11 pan. My #1 tip is to cook out most of the grease from the lamb and then add it to the skillet after draining. I was surprised at how much grease lamb had. I used frozen peas...just left them out to defrost first, but eliminated corn like many other reviewers (good choice. Also I threw in a handful of shredded parmesan cheese into the mashed potatoes. If you are using lamb...don&amp;#39;t back down from rosemary or thyme - it works well, but will probably overpower beef. Yum! served it with asparagus. Will make again = item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great easy &amp; tasty recipe. Substituted lamb with beef &amp; used frozen mixed vegetables and it was a hit. My husband practically ate the whole thing his self! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe, It has been the birthday meal request for both 11th &amp; 12th birthday's for my daughter...and the entire family loves it! I make it exactly as written with only some S&amp;P and herb adjustments to taste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
FAB! Excellent! Yummy! Even my picky 8 yr old liked it. My 15 month old could not get enough. I lived in the UK for several years and had many "local" pub pies. This recipe is on point. Its a great base recipe that is versatile, and user friendly. I have tried others and this one is fool proof! Here are my 2 modifications; -Used Grass Fed Beef, one pound only as I increased the vegetable portion to make up the difference of the half pound of meat the recipe calls for. -Used Organic Beef Broth instead of chicken. BTW, there were no leftovers. My husband suggested making two pies at a time. One for now and one to freeze. Great idea! Thank you Alton for another go-to family staple. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and it was DELISH! I made a few mods of my own, used beef, boiled the potatoes in a water/chicken stock mix-makes the potatoes a little richer, and added a little garlic as well. I used tomato paste with garlic (the additional garlic did not overpower the dish at all and added a little more worcestershire sauce. As I heated up leftovers in the lunchroom at work, people came in to find out what smelled so good! A keeper recipe for sure! Thanks, Alton! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like this really well. I made it as-written (but with beef, but have since done these things differently: --use more vegetables (2 cups chopped onion, 3 carrots, 1 1/2 cups each of peas and corn --add more sauce for all of those veggies (1 1/2 cups chicken stock, and a bit more of the woostershire, tomato paste, to flavor it --add more potatoes (2 to 2 1/2 pounds is better for my oval le creuset ceramic baking dish And, a great way to get a lot of flavor in a hurry is to use 1 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound bulk sausage. Gives great flavor (without the herbs and garlic and saves time when I'm in a rush to get that family dinner finished. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very good. In place of lamb I used ground beef, beef broth, low sodium worcestershire sauce, and a store brand mashed potatoes. I did use fresh thyme but didn't have the fresh rosemary on hand. Since I only had dried rosemary, I only used 1/8 tsp in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My (adult kids are huge Alton Brown fans! I made this for the men in my family tonight -- I substituted lamb for beef (technically a "Cottage Pie" -- and there was NOTHING left! It was delicious -- I have never made Shepherd's Pie before but will make this again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty as Shepard's Pie always is but bland as Shepard's Pie always is - that's English food for you. Thus, I gave the dish 4 stars, it was a bit too bland for me. My parents who requested the dish loved it and would give it 5 stars if they were the ones who were rating. At least I know I can cook!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious and satisfying. Never made it before but anything by Alton Brown will always come out perfectly. His recipe uses my favorite, lamb instead of beef. I usually bought or ordered it in a restaurant. I happened to have Yukon Gold potatoes, ground lamb and petit pois so I made it tonight. I did not have corn so I doubled the peas for the recipe but everything else was followed to the letter. My husband and I both had a huge helpings it was that delicious. In my opinion, little children would love this dish since it does not have a strong "lamby" taste. Will make it again, with corn, next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe the other day and was amazed at how good it was and how easy it was to make. I'm sure you could make all kinds of substitutions (beef for lamb, etc., but I made it exactly as directed. I highly recommend this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Full of flavor. Try to stick to the dish size that is recommended in the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this earlier in the week and we scarfed this down! (my husband = 3 helpings, me = 2, son age 2yrs = 1 Leftovers were great for the rest of the week (and like a lot of recipes, even better as leftovers! I made it with all lamb but will try it with beef and/or pork or chicken next time since lamb is so much more $$$. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an excellent, easy to follow recipe. I substituted the lamb for ground beef and chicken broth for beef just because of our kids' taste preferences. Delicious and easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tasty recipe! Didn't make any changes or modifications. I'm Irish and grew up eating lamb and mutton on a regular basis, so this was a real comfort food treat. I used a Baker's Edge brownie pan for baking, which created a nice texture to the potatoes on top, and made portioning out leftovers a breeze for freezing. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So good, had this with a spinach salad and it was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy and awesome!! I did make a few changes - didn't have carrots so used 3/4 C frozen corn and 3/4 C frozen lima beans (my kids don't like peas and substituted ground beef and beef broth for the lamb and chicken broth. There is none left! I am not a big fan of Shepherd's pie - but this was really good....loved the thyme and rosemary...will definitely put this into my dinner rotation - family loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
yummilicious: Alton, you truly are the king! the only thing I made differently was that I used milk instead of 1/2 and 1/2 and I only had beef at home but it still came out better than any other I made before. it's keeeeeeper: item not reviewed by moderator and published
then what you made is cottage pie and NOT Shepherds Pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have always had it with burger and don't much care what it is called! My step mom called it potato casserole. I don't ever buy lamb to cook, occasionally have it on a gyro or if it's served to me at a Greek restraurant. I don't particularly care for it actually, prefer beef.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
My son wants Shepard's pie so I'm going to make it with what I have on hand. I don't have broth, and I was just wondering about subbing cream of whatever soup I have. Id rather follow the recipe closer for a more home made taste (and less additives/preservatives) but I want to make it soon and it's not in the budget for another shopping trip. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this last night and also found it to be missing something.  It was good, but not outstanding.  My husband and I still gobbled it up, but it needs a little something.  I'm thinking next time I use half stock half wine and add some crushed red pepper.  Maybe finish with some acid like red wine vinegar or lemon juice.   item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wanted to add that when I double it, I use an entire large diced onion, and sub out 1 can of beef broth for the chicken broth. The rest is doubled per recipe. Made today for a football party (two of them!) and it was gone in a matter of minutes. I call that a success! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the mashed potatoes in this recipe. One tip I found works every time : If you like your mashed CREAMY ; then make sure ALL lumps are mashed/ whipped BEFORE adding any butter or any liquid. Once any moisture is added, the chunks will never quite whip out....they just spin around. If you like a chunky mashed, then add moisture, before all potatoes are whipped smooth. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Try Alton's meatloaf. Bet that is another dish your hubby will like. To change it up look up the kind of "sauce"/ topping that uses ketchup, brown sugar, mustard.glaze over the top. My hubby was a shepherd pie junkie, BUT meatloaf was his fav. item not reviewed by moderator and published
His and Ina's are in heavy rotation in our household. Both are excellent (Ina's is super easy and quick). The best topping I've found is balsamic ketchup. It's available at most stores and is wonderful. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My wife and I have also embraced the Paleo lifestyle and have discovered that eating only fresh mostly carb free food not only has health benefits but also is very tasty. I like the idea of using cauliflower in place of the potatoes and I'm sure the result is very good. We're going to try it because Shepard's Pie is one of our favorite things and is comfort food at its best. That said I haven't heard that potatoes are now accepted for Paleo recipes. Sweet potatoes yes but not regular potatoes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
To prevent it from bubbling up and over you might try lowering your oven temperature and cooking it a little longer. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The other thing you might try is what I did: bake it in a roasting pan. Nothing managed to leak outta there! I like an enormous Shepherd's pie (eat it over the course of a week) so tend to increase amounts of everything, and a bigger dish is de rigeur for me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Or just do as the recipe calls for.."Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack " item not reviewed by moderator and published
That's what I do - my 11x17 dish is filled to the brim as I double it and learned the first time - you're going to want a sheet pan below the dish! Positive side is I finally got to use my cleaning cycle on our new oven! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
In England the use of beef for this recipe would be called cottage pie. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Probably not, lamb shouldn't have much fat to it and you will need some fat to make the gravy in the pie. The flour combined with fat makes the base (rue) for the saucy gravy like texture to the dish. I haven't made this yet, trying it tonight and I don't plan on draining mine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Ground lamb definitely has fat to it. It usually has more fat than its beef/pork counterparts. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We call that "Hunter's Pie". item not reviewed by moderator and published
I agree. I will also increase my potatoes for a 9x13 item not reviewed by moderator and published
Did you use heavy cream in the potatoes, or in the meat itself? item not reviewed by moderator and published

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