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Cook’s Illustrated Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

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Shepherd's Pie | America's Test Kitchen Recipe

Think this classic of tender meat and rich gravy topped with mashed potatoes is the ultimate comfort food? The cook who has spent 5 hours preparing it might disagree.

Provided by: EasyRecipesCooking.com

Yield: Serves 4 to 6


Vegetables, Potatoes, Beef

Classic Shepherd's Pie | Cook's Country Recipe

Too often shepherd’s pie is a soupy, flavorless gruel with a mushy topping. Here’s the secret to creating a full-flavored, firm-topped shepherd’s pie.

Provided by: EasyRecipesCooking.com

Yield: Serves 6 to 8



How to cook Shepherd’s pie with potatoes?

Get the recipe for Nicole’s Traditional Shepherd’s Pie. Place potatoes in large saucepan and add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Stir in 1 tablespoon salt and place pot over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and drain.

Can you freeze Shepherd’s Pie?

Freeze the meat filling for this shepherd’s pie and mashed potato separately in freezer-proof containers. These will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. To cook from frozen, defrost the meat and mashed potato in the fridge overnight and then continue from step 7, making sure the shepherd’s pie is piping hot all the way through before serving.

Is Shepherd’s pie the same as cottage pie?

Shepherd’s pie was originally called cottage pie back in the 18th century in Ireland and the United Kingdom as a way to describe a dish made by frugal cottage dwellers to use up leftovers. These days, the two terms are often used interchangeably, but in general, shepherd’s pie is made with lamb and cottage pie is made with beef.

What can I do with leftover Shepherd’s pie filling?

You can make shepherd’s pie completely from scratch, or you can be true to its culinary roots and use up leftover meats and vegetables in your filling and top it with leftover mashed potatoes (a great excuse to make extras). Just make sure you bind the filling with gravy or sauce so you get that perfect bite every time.

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