These two pies are some of the most favoured in the UK, and although they’re similar there are subtle differences. One of them being: Cottage Pie is Beef Mince, while Shepherd’s Pie is Lamb Mince.

However, I will quickly say this: I don’t discriminate against what meat is in what pie because the traditional recipes that I follow with these two pies show a lot more differences than just the Mince.

For me, I was taught that a Shepherd’s Pie has Cheese and Tomato Slices on top, while a Cottage Pie is plain. A Shepherd’s Pie is also full of veg like Bell Peppers, Peas, Carrots, Spring Onions, Onions, Mushrooms, and Garlic. While Cottage Pie has more seasonal veggies, such as Carrots, Onions, and Peas.

So, here is my Cottage/Shepherd’s Pie – I’m calling it that because it’s a Shepherd’s in everything but the Mince, and it’s a Cottage in sense of the Mince.

Anyways, let’s get to the ingredients:

  • 200mg of Cheddar Cheese – I use Lactofree Mature Cheddar
  • 500mg of Mince – Beef or Lamb, depending on your preference.
  • 2 large Bell Peppers
  • Onions
  • Spring Onions
  • 6 medium Mushrooms
  • 3 cloves of Garlic
  • Half a cup of frozen Peas
  • A tin of chopped Carrots
  • 5 large Potatoes
  • 100ml of Milk – I used Lactofree or Soya milk can be used as a substitute.
  • 1 tablespoon of Soya Butter
  • Salad Tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons of Olive Oil

How to cook:

  1. Add the Olive Oil to a pan, once it begins to bubble, add the Mince.
  2. When the Mince has browned, add the chopped Onions, Spring Onions, Garlic, Mushrooms, Carrots, and sliced Bell Peppers.
  3. While the veg is cooking, boil the peeled and chopped Potatoes in salted water. Once they are soft, drain them of the water, mash or crush them, add your Milk and Soya Butter and continue mashing until soft.
  4. When the veg begins to soften and the ingredients are completely mixed, add them to an oven proof dish. Put the mash on top of the mince and veg and smooth it out.
  5. Add the slices of Salad Tomato to the top of the pie before putting the Cheese on top.
  6. Bake for around thirty minutes at Gas Mark 6.
  7. Once the Cheese has browned, take it out and serve with a gravy of your choice.

I hope you enjoy! If you have any suggestions or requests, fill in the contact form below to let me know!