Shepherd’s Pie – a warming winter meal

In Germany, there are first-class recipes for casseroles or roasts. But now and then does variety and the filing of culinary blinkers well. Today it is therefore on the green island. In addition to the finest whiskey Ireland also offers one or the other delicacy – such as the Shepherd’s Pie.

The original recipe uses lamb. Of course, there are also variations with beef or vegetarian options. Can you do it the way you like it.

The Shepherd’s Pie is not a self-runner and does some work, because the meat sauce must first be set. But once this has happened, it works fast: let the sauce simmer and then place in a casserole dish. Mashed potato over it and off in the oven – or as in my case: on the grill. As a side dish you make a maximum of a salad, because meat, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots are already in the casserole. A classic one-pot dish once again, which even on warming the next day still tastes wonderful.

Servings: 8
Preparation time: 60 minutes
Preparation time: 40 minutes


Mashed potatoes
▪ 600 g potatoes
▪ 200 ml milk
▪ 40 g butter
▪ 1 tsp salt
▪ 1 tsp nutmeg

Lamb mince

▪ 1.5 kg of lamb minced meat
▪ 3 tablespoons sunflower oil
▪ 2 onions
▪ 1 can of peas and carrots
▪ 2 sprigs of rosemary
▪ 3 cloves of garlic
▪ 1 tablespoon pepper
▪ 1 tablespoon salt
▪ 2 tablespoons tomato paste
▪ 200 ml lamb stock
▪ 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
▪ 100 g Gouda

Preparing mashed potatoes

  • Cook the potatoes, peel and press with a potato press in a bowl.
  • Add milk and butter and mix to a creamy porridge.
  • Season with salt and nutmeg.

Preparing lamb mince mixture

  • Peel onion and dice.
  • Peel garlic and chop finely.
  • Drain carrots and peas.
  • Fry the minced meat in the hot sunflower oil until the liquid has reduced.
  • Add onions and garlic.
  • Add the rosemary leaves and season with salt and pepper.
  • Stir in the tomato paste.
  • Deglaze with Worcestershire sauce.
  • Add lamb stock and let reduce for about 10 minutes until there is almost no liquid in the pot.
  • Add peas and carrots.

Preparation Shepherd’s Pie

  • Put the mixture in a fireproof mold and spread the mashed potato on top.
  • Rub the cheese and sprinkle over the mashed potatoes and spread the butterflakes over it.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes at 180 to 200 degrees until the cheese is golden brown.