Ground meat – Shepherd’s Pie traditionally uses with lamb or mutton, however in the United States we typically use ground beef. Technically a Shepards Pie made with beef is called a Cottage Pie, but in the US we refer to both as Shepherd’s Pie.
WHERE IS SHEPHERD’S PIE FROM
Shepherd’s Pie originates from England. It first came about late in the 1700s and early 1800s.
It was developed as a way to use up leftovers, much like the casseroles of today.
For purists, the type of meat in Shepherd’s Pie is lamb or mutton. If made with ground beef it’s called a Cottage Pie.
That said, in the US the names are used interchangeably and we typically use ground beef. The Cottage Pie vs Shepherd’s Pie question isn’t really a question here.
DO YOU PUT CHEESE ON SHEPHERD’S PIE
Yes, you put cheese on Shepherd’s Pie! At least we do. This is a hot debate, but I’m a big fan of bubbly melted cheese on top of the mashed potatoes.
We like to use a Mexican or Fiesta blend on ours, but you could also use cheddar, provolone, or even munester.
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