Traditional British Shepherd’s Pie



Good afternoon, dear friends πŸ˜€

This afternoon, I made Gordon Ramsay’s version of a really traditional British Shepherd’s Pie which made use of minced lamb. Previously, my Shepherd’s Pie had minced beef, pork, or some leftover beef stew in it, and therefore, today’s pie made a welcome change indeed. My family just loved the minced lamb! I had followed Gordon Ramsay’s recipe exactly (I doubled the portions for my large family of 6), except that I added mozzarella cheese on top of the potatoes, and I didn’t use any Parmesan cheese.

Shepherd’s Pie Ingredients (serves 4)


* 2 tbsp olive oil
* Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 500g minced lean lamb
* 1 large onion, finely grated
* 1 large carrot, finely grated
* 2 cloves garlic
* 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tbsp tomato puree
* Handful of thyme sprigs, leaves picked
* 1 sprig of rosemary, needles chopped
* 250ml red wine
* 300ml chicken stock

* 1kg Desiree potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks (I used US Russet Potatoes)
* 50g butter
* 2 egg yolks
* Parmesan, for grating
* Olive oil
* Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

Some tips when following his recipe –

1) Don’t grate the carrots, onions and garlic by hand like he did! πŸ™„ Just use a food processor to chop them up finely. Gosh, was my hand tired after grating 6 medium carrots and 5 big onions! πŸ˜†

2) To save time, peel and boil potatoes first.

3) Then only you prepare the minced lamb.

4) Personally, I found the “gamey” smell of lamb a bit too overpowering despite putting lots of freshly cracked black pepper….I think the next time, I will add some ginger and lots more garlic to mask the smell! πŸ˜†

5) When your lamb is almost done, i.e. there is just a little bit of sauce left, preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celcius.

6) I didn’t have fresh chicken stock on hand, and I used instead a cube of chicken bouillion/stock with a cup of water.

7) I always don’t know what to do with the egg whites when I use only the yolks, and therefore, I had used the whole egg intead of just the yolk. Worked as well here. πŸ˜‰

It would be good to serve this pie with a side of fresh green salad…but in my case, I had sliced cucumbers on the side. For the Chinese, it is often believed that when we have foods that are baked, fried or barbequed (considered as “heaty” or “yang” foods), then we must balance it with a “cooling” or “yin” food. In this case, it was the simple cucumber, which is very “cooling” to our body system…especially on hot days like today! πŸ˜‰

Bon Appetit! πŸ˜€

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  1. 1

    sweetrosie said,

    Good morning!

    Thant’s a lovely looking shepherd’s pie! They don’t always cut into portions so well – your’s looks so perfect πŸ™‚ I don’t take as much care as you did though, mine is usually a quick, “anything goes” version πŸ˜‰

    I have to agree with you about lamb- the smell of it cooking seems very strong to me, I am going to use your tip and try chicken mince – that’a a very interesting idea.

    I was also glad to see your words on heaty foods. The cucumber with the pie seemed so different to what would often be served in the West with Shepherd’s pie. Your explanation clarified that and it makes perfect sense too. Last time we were in KL I bought some water that was especially for when you were too heaty – it had a special mineral in it I think. I can’t help thinking it was called Rhino water :0 or something very like that.

    Have a lovely Sunday πŸ™‚

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Good afternoon from KL, dear sweetrosie πŸ˜€

    It is wonderful to know that you have been to KL and sampled some of the cuisines and various drinks here. If you have been to the Chinatown located in Petaling Street here, there are many stalls and even a shop sellling cooling drinks.

    Some of the homemade remedies to cool ourselves down when we feel heaty (with symptoms like throbbing gums, mild headaches, dry lips, begining of a sore throat, etc) are –

    1) a cold beer with a good pinch of salt
    2) a glass of cold Coca Cola with a pinch of salt
    3) 2 tbsps of tamarind paste mixed in a glass of water and 1 tbsp of honey
    4) Chinese herbal drinks πŸ˜‰

    Have a relaxing day with your loved ones! πŸ˜€

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    kanani said,

    I’ve made this several times, and it’s become a fast favorite! Even the kids like it! Good job, and I like the idea of the cucumbers. I love those GR videos!

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, Kanani πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your comments….hehe, seems like our kids just love Shepherd’s Pies in any fashion! Now, I am thinking about making some of those potato croquettes or “Bergedils” as we know it here, because they have mashed potatoes in them. I will look around for some good recipes and post them here.

    Yes, I love those GR’s shows, too – well, they say that you either “love him” or “hate him”! πŸ™„

    Happy Holidays!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    toinspire said,

    This looks good…now if only minced lamb were available here… πŸ™‚

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  6. 6

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, dear toinspire πŸ˜€

    Usually, I use minced pork or minced beef and my family love the shepherd’s pie more this way. I find the lamp smell a bit too strong.

    Have a nice weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  7. 7

    Nick Willis said,

    I am going to buy the mince now! whats the difference betweenm shephards and cottage pie

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  8. 8

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, dear Nick Willis πŸ˜€

    I think cottage and shepherd’s pies are both very similar – some say that shepherd’s pies are made with minced lamb, whereas cottage pies are made of minced beef. Either way, they both taste heavenly!

    I hope your shepherd’s pie will turn out wonderful! πŸ˜‰

    Have a nice weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  9. 9

    Charles Leck said,

    I tried Ramsay’s recipe last week and it was spectacular. My wife came home and hungry and devoured this shepherd’s pie with great enthusiasm. It’s a winner. Chas

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Charles πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your feedback. I like Gordon Ramsay’s recipes and my family went crazy over this shepherd’s pie, too! Wow, your wife is one lucky gal to have you cook this for her! πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful week!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    graeme said,

    gordon you use cooked sheep meat minced for proper sheperds pie

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  12. 12

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, dear Graeme πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your comments – we can only find minced lamb in the supermarkets here.

    Have a great weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    wilks said,

    Well, just looking for this recipe, thanks!

    Shepherds pie is supposed to taste strong. It has to be lamb for a good reason, It is called a Shepherds pie! Shepherd as in in Sheep farmer.
    I come from an agricultural area of the UK where this dish is very popular. Traditionally it would have been mutton (now, that is a strong taste, lamb is very mild in comparison) as lamb is simply too expensive, there was no call for lamb anyway in days gone by.

    Using beef or pork makes it a Cottage pie. The cottage being the farmers house.

    Egg whites can be used in a massive variety of sweets.
    Or even adding one to a batter (e.g. for Fish and Chips) is great.

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Wilks πŸ˜€

    Ah, thank you so much for telling us a lot more on Cottage and Shepherd’s Pies, and the difference between using lamb or mutton or sheep in Shepherd’s Pies. Good! I was going to use a combination of beef and pork this weekend and with your information, I will correctly call it a Cottage’s Pie, instead of Shepherd’s Pie. πŸ˜€

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  15. 15

    Mike said,

    Looks like you didn’t “followed Gordon Ramsay’s recipe exactly” now did you?

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    qiong zhen said,

    Dear choesf,

    I too like GR and love the sound of this – I look forward to trying it!

    Happy weekend! πŸ™‚ QZ

    Side comment: Mike, where are you based? You share some qualities I prized in my late lamented right hand man, namely pedantry and a knack for stating the obvious. If you happen to need a job, hit me up.

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Mike πŸ˜€

    Nope, I didn’t follow Gordon Ramsay’s recipe exactly 😳 – I had cooked a very large portion of this recipe and I didn’t have some of the ingredients, and so, I had to make do.

    Cheers!

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there, dear Qiong Zhen πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your comments. Do try this recipe out when you have the time and I’m sure you will love it. πŸ˜‰

    Happy weekend to you, too!

    choesf πŸ˜€

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  19. 19

    […] last weekend, I decided to work with what ingredients I had and came up with the idea of adapting Gordon Ramsay’s Shepherd’s Pie recipe to make a Cottage […]

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  20. 20

    I’m gonna try this later on. Cross my fingers that it turns out well! πŸ˜‰

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear whimsicaljottings πŸ˜€

    Good Luck with your Shepherd’s Pie – I’m sure it will turn out delicious for you! πŸ˜‰

    Happy Cooking!

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    whimsicaljottings said,

    Ok, I tried it out yesterday, and it was super yum. Except of course I made some variation to it since I didnt have the exact ingredients at hand. I omitted the Worcestershire sauce and added a dash of soy sauce instead. Used minced pork since my hubby doesnt eat beef and its close to impossible finding lamb where I live. πŸ˜› It was really yum nonetheless. I believe the secret ingredient (as Gordon Ramsay put it) really is the Parmesan cheese. I was very generous with it. Anyway, I think I’ve become a regular visitor at yr website πŸ˜‰ TQ!

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    happyhomemaker88 said,

    I’m so glad your Shepherd’s Pie turned out so yummy, dear whimsicaljottings! πŸ˜€ I have subsituted some of the ingredients here on some occassions, too… e.g. I used oyster sauce and soy sauce. As long as you put in a lot of your secret ingredient, your love, into cooking for your loved ones, your food will be yummy! πŸ˜†

    Do drop by whenever you are free, and we’ll have a cup of virtual kopi-o of teh-tarik together! πŸ˜‰

    Happy Cooking!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€

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    Kat Celata said,

    I haven’t tried this yet, but I can’t wait to!!! I love Chef Gordon. Lamb is something you have to get used to, I find it delightful, love the taste, but I grew up with it. I recommend it to everyone. I find where I live now (no one with a Mediterranean background) people are fearful of trying lamb- I don’t find it strong or gamey at all, I think a lot of people up here think of Mutton which ismuch stronger. Give it a try like this, and then go the whole route and do yourself a roast!

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Kat πŸ˜€

      My husband loves the strong smell of lamb and mutton. I have been using beef to make this pie (Cottage Pie according to some) and the next round, I will have use lamb as my husband is complaining that the lamb version tastes much better! πŸ˜† Most of the time, the lamb or mutton that we eat are lamb chops, and mutton curries in a few styles.

      Happy Cooking!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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    Looks great. Was googling for some sherpherds pie recipe and bump into your website..
    πŸ™‚
    Looks good..
    Will give it a try.

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      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Vijay πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your comments. I made “Cottage Pie” last weekend with 3 pounds of beef, 4 pounds of Russet Potatoes (my kids love more potatoes) and it was a great hit, as usual. This is a very easy recipe but it tastes fantastic! We had little left over each time. I’m sure you will like it, too! πŸ˜‰

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€

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  26. 28

    I love this recipe!! It’s my absolute favourite for shepherd’s pie!

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    […] Pie. It’s from the BBC, so I suspect it’s pretty good. Here’s a link to another traditional version if you’re not fond of the BBC. Here’s a link to the recipe I found on McCormick’s […]

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