Irish Cottage Pie aka Shepherd’s Pie

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My earliest memory of Cottage Pie was when I attended
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side view of slice of shepherd's pie on a white plate

My earliest memory of Cottage Pie was when I attended grade school in New Jersey This was back in the sixties and it was called Shepherd’s Pie, which is the name I knew it by for many years. But the truth is Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground lamb, not ground beef. The beef version of this Irish Classic is called Cottage Pie and has been a favorite in our house since our trip to Ireland a few years ago. What Ingredients do I need to make Cottage Pie? Let’s start by gathering the ingredients we need to make the beef filling of the Cottage Pie. In Chef Speak this is called the “Mise en Place” which translates to “Everything in its Place”. Not only does setting your ingredients up ahead of time speed the up cooking process, but it also helps ensure you have everything you need to make the dish. Do I have to use Beef to make Cottage Pie? No you don’t. You can use lamb to make the original shepherd’s pie, or substitute ground chicken or ground turkey. You can also make combination of beef, veal and pork if you like. It is afterall your dinner. Do I have to use Peas and Carrots in Cottage Pie? No, you don’t. My wife hates both of those vegetables, so when I make it for home, I usually leave out the peas (she has to deal with the carrots) and add mushrooms, and sometimes cooked chopped spinach or…

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