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.


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.


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.

Ingredients :

1 lb of ground beef

2 cups of mixed veggies

1 cup of chopped onion

1 jar of beef gravy

1 single package of instant mash potatoes

1/2 package of cream cheese and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese

Mama Grow’s Gullah Seasoning

How to make it

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.

Cook beef and onions sprinkle with Gullah seasoning, drain the fat, add mixed veggies and beef gravy, mix together and set aside.

Make instant potatoes as directed, add cream cheese and 1/2 cup of shredded cheese and blend together.

In a baking dish add ground beef mixture then top with mash potatoes and remaining shredded cheese.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes.

This didn’t take long at all and everyone is happy! Dinner is now served.

Written by mehdicrt

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