Shepherd's Pie - Step by Step

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Serves 4-6

A classic British savoury dish, also known as a Cottage Pie. It is a casserole of sorts made up of minced meat cooked with veggies, then topped with mashed potatoes. This is a highly comforting and very filling meal, I normally serve it with a light salad and some dinner rolls.

Ingredients for Mince Marinade
500 gm
lamb or beef mince
(or you can use half beef and half lamb mixture)
1/2 tsp
turmeric powder
1 tsp
lemon juice
1 tsp
paprika powder
1 tsp
cumin powder
2 tbsp
chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp
1 tsp
Other Ingredients
750 gm
white potatoes
medium sized grated or chopped onions
3 tbsp
tomato paste/puree
1 tsp
garlic paste
1 tsp
ginger paste
medium carrots, diced/cubed into small pieces
1/2 cup
green peas
4 tbsp
sweet corn
green chilli, chopped
1/2 cup
mozzarella or cheddar cheese, grated
2 tbsp
4 tbsp
1/2 tsp
cumin powder
1/2 tsp
coriander powder
1 tbsp
white flour
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
chopped coriander

First, put the mince in a bowl and add the marinade ingredients and set aside for a few minutes.

Heat the oil and 2 tbsp. of butter in a pan. Add the onions and fry until translucent, then add your ginger and garlic. Fry together until they release their aroma, then add the diced carrots and fry them for about 3 minutes.

We start with the carrots because they take the longest to get done. Now add the peas and fry them for another 3 minutes or so. Then add your mince and chopped green chillies and stir fry until the mince starts to brown and has a good colour. Add the sweet corn followed by the tomato paste and sprinkle the cumin powder and coriander powder. Let this cook for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle the white flour so that it absorbs any extra moisture in the mixture.

Cook for a few more minutes until you find that the mixture has thickened nicely, then add your coriander leaves and switch off.

Next, prepare the Potatoes

Peel and cube the potatoes, then boil them in some salted water until soft. Drain and add 2 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. milk, then mash them whilst they are hot. Adjust salt accordingly. I like to add chilli powder and/or chilli flakes in the potatoes because we like our food spicy, but you can leave those out if you want it less spicy.

Take a pyrex or baking dish, butter it nicely and pour your mince mixture first. Flatten it and make sure the layer is even.

Then add your mashed potato on top. Be careful not to squish the mashed potatoes down, this will displace the mixture underneath and make the pie look untidy. Just try and gently place your mashed potatoes all over and you can use a fork to push and adjust it.

Now add your cheese of choice. I prefer mozzarella and cheddar combination, but you can use whichever you like. You can also sprinkle some chopped coriander on top, but that too is optional. Some like to add dabs of butter on top of the pie, so if you like some extra buttery taste, go for it!

Bake the pie in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for 25-30 minutes or until it's nice and golden on top. Serve with some chutney and/or salad or even as it is....utterly delicious! :)


Great recipe! really nice served with gravy and garlic bread.

Very nice recipe no smell from the mince and tastes lovely. Thank you

Alhamdulillah it turned out good. Jazakallah sister Fauzia.

if i make it on stove oven and nt in pyrex dish..will it b easy to take it out of the mold...
if i completely cook mince and make it in microwave then i will only have to wait fr the cheese to melt????

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It is not supposed to be taken out of the mold but served in the dish itself. Am not sure what you meant by your second question.

What size dish do you use for this? Thanks!

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

I used a 7x11 inch pan. But even a slightly bigger one (9x13) will work well.

Salam , please can you tell me where can I watch your cooking videos ? Please give me the link.

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, at the moment I do not have cooking videos.

Hi dear, During marinating is it pepper powder or pepper corn is used? Tried ur fish biryani and it had come out woowowww thank u so much for the recipe:-)
Thank u:-)

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Hi! Pepper powder.

The rose rolls did not rise .didn't understand where I went wrong .I followed all steps .pls help

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

Sounds like the yeast was not good. Please refer to my note on yeast in the Tips & Tricks section of this page.

Hi what chutney did you use?

A.o.a dear fauzia plz explane I want to start home based baking business and I want to make chiken bread.u know summer is about to come how can I save my breads to rotten plz tell me quick which ingredient I can use?

Fauzia's Kitchen Fun's picture

W/Salaam, I do not use any preservatives in my food, so I would not know which ingredients to recommend to make your bakes last longer other than keep everything fresh and freeze if need be.