Shepherd’s Pie, also known as Cottage Pie, is a British meat pie with a mashed potato topping. Traditionally made with leftover roast meat, Shepherd’s Pie is now also made with fresh minced or grounded meat (generally lamb). When prepared using Beef, it commonly referred to as Cottage Pie.
So i decided to make it for dinner a few days back. But guess what, I did not have either lamb or beef in my kitchen! So doing what I do best, I improvised. This is a fairly easy preparation of Shepherd’s Pie using Chicken, inspired by Elise Bauer’s recipe on Simply Recipes that uses ground beef.
For Potato Topping:
3 medium Potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 Tbs Mustard
2 Tbs Butter
Salt & Pepper to taste
For the Pie
1 ½ Lb Chicken (chopped into small bite size pieces – can use leftover chicken also)
1 Onion chopped
2 cups Vegetables fresh or frozen (peas, chopped carrots, 2 chopped stalks of celery)
1/2 cup Chicken stock
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce (I substituted it with equal quality of Kikkoman Soy sauce)
2 Tbs Butter
1. Preheat the oven to 400F/204C
2. Boil the peeled & cubed potatoes in salted water until tender. About 15-20 minutes.
3. As the potatoes cook, melt 2 tbsp of butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and carrots, and sauté till tender. Then add chopped celery and stir for a few minutes.
4. Add chopped chicken and peas into the pan, and stir till chicken is done. (If using cooked chicken then only add peas, and add chicken in Step 5)
5. Add salt and pepper, worcesterchire sauce and chicken stalk, and cook uncovered over low heat for 10 minutes. Ensure the mixture remains moist.
6. Mashed the cooked potatoes in a bowl. Add butter, mustard and milk, and mix well to make a soft fluffy paste. Add salt and pepper to taste.
7. Place the moist chicken and vegetable mixture in a pie pan. Layer the mashed potatoes on top of it.
8. Cook in 400 degree oven until bubbling and brown (about 30 minutes). Broil for last few minutes to brown the crust.
A delicious quick-preparation for those busy week nights, and also a great way to use and revitalize that left-over chicken from the last meal! Personally, I was very satisfied with the final product. The pie looked pretty, was filling and very appetizing. Try it out, and tell me what you think!