From the archives: It was just brought to my attention that any mince pie may be called either Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie and, that the two names were interchangeable until recently. Thanks much to Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes for pointing out this article.
Winter is finally rearing it’s chilly head here in Northern California. With temperatures finally dipping into the 30’s in the early mornings and the need for a jacket even in the afternoons the thought of a warm and comforting meal in the evening becomes less of a fond memory and more of an urgent desire. Baby, it’s cold outside! Time for some comfort food.
Please note that this is not a recipe for Shepherd’s Pie. Shepherd’s Pie, by definition uses minced lamb. Anything else is a cottage pie and cannot technically be called a shepherd’s pie. Regardless of that factoid (which you may or may not give a hoot about), this dish is full of all the love and goodness that you and your family will be craving throughout the oncoming chilly days and nights of winter. It’s a satisfying, warm and hearty dish that’s just perfect for cozying up around the table with family or friends and some good wine and conversation. (Or stout. Stout is good here, too!)
Have yourself some meat and mash love this winter. You deserve it. It’s comfort food season, so consider this a calorie free meal for a Saturday night and enjoy! We surely did.
What I would have done Differently had I thought of it at the time:
there are infinite variations of this dish and i can think of several different things I could have done. Let’s leave this as a basic example and just let your imagination run wild.
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