American Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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American Shepherd's Pie Recipe. ©Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
  • 65 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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This cottage pie is an American variation of traditional shepherd's pie that is sure to please any meat and potatoes fan. The ground beef has a natural rich mushroom gravy and the potatoes are loaded with cheese. For more authentic shepherd's pie, use ground lamb instead of beef.

What You'll Need

  • 1 pound chuck ground beef
  • 8 ounces mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup onion (chopped)
  • 2 large cloves garlic (pressed or finely minced)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup peas (frozen)
  • 2 cups hash brown  potatoes (frozen or deli-packed, shredded, packed)
  • 1/8 cup chives (chopped)
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese (finely shredded, divided use)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • Garnish: sweet Hungarian​ paprika

How to Make It

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Place ground beef, mushrooms, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a large heavy skillet. Saute, breaking up ground beef, until the juices have almost evaporated.

Stir in Worcestershire, then flour. Cook 1 minute, stirring often. Add beef broth, stirring to combine, then heavy cream. Simmer until gravy thickens. Pour into glass baking dish. Let cool slightly, then sprinkle green peas evenly on top of beef.



In a mixing bowl, combine hash brown potatoes, chives, 1 cup of the Cheddar cheese, salt, and mayonnaise. Spread evenly on top of beef layer. Spread remaining cup of Cheddar cheese on top and sprinkle lightly with paprika.

Bake about 45 minutes until cheese has melted and is slightly browned. Let rest 15 minutes before serving.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

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