Shepherd's pie is a traditional English dish that consists of a bottom layer of minced (ground) meat covered with mashed potato and optionally a layer of cheese. It is a favorite dish of institutional cooks keen on feeding large groups of people. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Mashed potatoes. ... Cheese is a solid food made from the milk of cows, goats, sheep, and other mammals. ...
The mince is traditionally lamb (hence Shepherd) although in North America it is often made with minced (ground) beef which is also known as a cottage pie and cowboy pie. In Britain, 'shepherd's pie' is always made with lamb, and 'cottage pie' always with beef. The mince layer is made by frying the meat in oil with finely chopped onions (and sometimes also with garlic, chopped carrots, peas or other vegetables, and herbs such as rosemary or oregano). It is then simmered in stock, tomato puree and sometimes wine. Once this is done, the mash layer can be added, and the entire pie is baked in the oven until golden and preferably crisp.
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