How to make a cheesy shepherd’s pie for a cosy autumn dinner

Shepherd’s pie is a traditional British dish that consists of a layer of minced lamb or beef cooked with vegetables and gravy, topped with mashed potatoes and cheese, and baked in the oven. It is a hearty and comforting meal that is perfect for the colder weather. In this article, we will show you how to make a delicious cheesy shepherd’s pie using a recipe from a TikToker who claims it is the “perfect” dish for autumn.

Ingredients and substitutions

To make this cheesy shepherd’s pie, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 3 pounds of red potatoes, washed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup of heavy cream, room temperature
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
How to make a cheesy shepherd’s pie for a cosy autumn dinner
How to make a cheesy shepherd’s pie for a cosy autumn dinner
  • 2 pounds of ground beef or lamb
  • Old bay seasoning, all-purpose seasoning, BBQ seasoning, mixed spices, sugar, rosemary, and thyme to taste
  • A red wine OXO stock pot or a cup of red wine
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Carrots, peas, and corn
  • 2 beef stock cubes with water or beef broth
  • Tomato puree or ketchup
  • Grated cheese of your choice

You can also make some substitutions if you prefer:

  • You can use creamy mashed potatoes or cauliflower mashed potatoes instead of skins-on mashed potatoes.
  • You can use ground turkey instead of ground beef or lamb.
  • You can use vegetable broth instead of beef broth for a vegetarian version.

Steps to make the meat filling

The first step is to make the meat filling for the shepherd’s pie. Here is how to do it:

  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the onion until soft, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the ground beef or lamb and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spatula as it cooks, about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain the excess fat from the skillet and return it to the heat.
  4. Season the meat with old bay, all-purpose seasoning, BBQ seasoning, mixed spices, and sugar to your liking.
  5. Add the red wine OXO stock pot or the red wine and stir well to dissolve it.
  6. Add some Worcestershire sauce for extra flavor and stir well.
  7. Add the carrots, peas, and corn and mix well.
  8. Add the beef stock cubes with water or the beef broth and bring to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 10 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle some rosemary and thyme on top and stir well.

Steps to make the mashed potato topping

The next step is to make the mashed potato topping for the shepherd’s pie. Here is how to do it:

  1. In a large pot of boiling water, cook the potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
  3. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher or a fork until smooth.
  4. Add the butter, cream, salt, and pepper and mix well.
  5. Add some cheese and some mixed herbs and spices to your liking and mix well.

Steps to assemble and bake the shepherd’s pie

The final step is to assemble and bake the shepherd’s pie in the oven. Here is how to do it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. Spread the meat filling evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.
  3. Spoon the mashed potato topping over the meat filling and spread it evenly with a spatula.
  4. Sprinkle some more cheese on top if desired.
  5. Bake the shepherd’s pie in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  6. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy your cheesy shepherd’s pie

You have just made a cheesy shepherd’s pie that is sure to warm you up on a chilly autumn night. Enjoy it with some salad or bread on the side if you like. You can also freeze any leftovers for up to 3 months and reheat them in the oven or microwave when you want a quick and easy meal.

This recipe was inspired by a TikToker who shared her own version of shepherd’s pie on her account @selmarahmanii. She said that “sometimes a shepherd’s pie just hits the spot” and we couldn’t agree more.

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