Sunday, November 20, 2011

Shepherd's Pie My Way

Shepherd's pie or originally known as Cottage pie uses mutton, lamb or beef as its filling.
I used chicken instead and added some veggies. This can be a one-dish meal!

Ingredients: (30cm x 23cm x 6cm overproof dish)

A (Marinate overnight)
500g meat (use mince for beef or lamb) / chicken, cubed (I used 3 chicken breast and 2 thighs)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
some black pepper
mixed herb
a little salt

2 large white onions, coarsely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 to 5 carrots, cubed and parboiled
2 cans button mushrooms, sliced
250g frozen corn or 1 can peas
1/2 capsicum, coarsely chopped
1 can Campbell mushroom soup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
mixed herb
salt and black pepper to taste

2 tablespoons flour / cornflour to thicken

1 kg yellow-fleshed potatoes (weight includes skin)
80g butter
about 125ml milk (I used low fat)
salt and pepper to taste (I used salt sparingly)
shredded cheddar cheese for topping
Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Skin potatoes, cut to size and boil or scrub and boil whole with skin till soft enough for mashing. (I opted for the first method as I found skinning boiled potatoes harder to do. Do make sure not to use too much water.)

2. While potatoes are being cooked, prepare the other ingredients in B.

3. Mash potatoes with a masher while still hot as they are softer and easier to mash. Add butter, salt and pepper as you mash along. Gradually add milk and mix well. (Do not use a blender to mash potatoes as it will cause it to become gluey.)

4. Heat some oil in a frying pan and saute onions and garlic for a couple of minutes.

5. Add chicken and fry for 2 to 3 minutes before adding carrots, mushrooms and corn.

6. Season with black pepper, mixed herb and Worcestershire sauce. Mix well.

7. Add mushroom soup and taste-test and add salt accordingly. lastly add capsicum and stir fry a couple of times to mix.

8. Spread a thick layer of chicken and veggies in a deep dish.

9. Either pipe out or spread a layer of mashed potato on the chicken. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and bake in a preheated oven at 200 deg C for 20 to 25 minutes or till top is golden. Sprinkle parmesan cheese if preferred.

* Do not use Russet potatoes for mash as the mash does not hold well and tends to become too mushy.
* Best eaten hot or warm



And now to tuck in!!


  1. aaahhhhh.... this was awesome! So hearty and comforting. I could have this any day! Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  2. I love shepperd pie.I am sur eyour recipe makes a very yummy one;)

  3. I love this Judy! Your chicken version suits me very well! The taste of the herbs was just right, not overpowering, but enough to know its existence. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Judy, your shepherd pie was great. Was about to ask you for recipe, so glad you post it. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thanks Eelin, Jane and Chris. If lamb or beef is used, rosemary and thyme will go nicely with it!

    Hi Dzoli,
    I love shepherd's pie too. It's comfort food to me!

  6. My kiddos love this pie. Pity I missed it.

  7. Hi Edith,
    We missed you and Jo. Hope to see you one day!

  8. Wouw this is fast, actually I about to ask you for sharing this one. Definitely I will try this at home and share with my family :)

  9. Hi Doris,
    I enjoyed the unique taste of both your black glutinous rice cakes. When I do go to Medan next year, I'll look for it! Thanks for sharing!

  10. I remember Shepherd Pie is lamb while Cottage Pie is beef. But anyway, I don't have any meat preference - lamb, beef or chicken as long as it is a good savory pie!

  11. this is perfect to serve for a quick lunch..

  12. Hi Tigerfish,
    I love shepherd's pie whatever meat filling! :)

    Hi Sonia,
    Definitely a one-dish meal and can be frozen to warm up and eat on a no-cook day!

  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe! I think my boy would love me (more)!

  14. sounds irresistably hearty n full of nice texture..
    Tasty Appetite

  15. the piped potato "snowy" look is pretty, so is the baked pie. making me hungry.

  16. This looks so comforting, hearty and tasty! I would love some for dinner!

  17. Nice! I've not cooked this for the longest time. I cook this without a recipe too, just anyhow hamtam ingredients :P

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  19. Hi Blessed Homemaker,
    Yup! Sometimes I also 'hamtam' my cooking! Go by taste and 'agak agak'!
    Btw, I found out that after icing cake with MMF and refrigerate it, the MMF became 'sweaty'.

    Hi Ambitious Food Lover,
    Thanks for dropping by and inviting me! Will join!

  20. I think I would just about kill for one of those right now!


  21. Hi Papacheong,
    Welcome and thanks for dropping by! Shepgerd's pie is comfort food to me!

  22. There is always something so comforting about shepherds pie. Yours looks wonderful This is my first visit to your blog so I've taken some time to browse through your earlier posts. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you share with your readers and I'll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  23. Hi Mary,
    Thanks for dropping by and thank you for your kind words.


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