This easy-to-make classic shepherd's pie recipe is cooked in one pan for simple cleanup. Featuring a savory beef and vegetable filling topped with creamy mashed potatoes, this hearty dish is the perfect comfort food for a cozy night in!
Everyone! It's March!!! And you know what that means...St. Patrick's Day!!! When all of a sudden everyone wears green and Baileys and Guinness is imbibed with gusto. AND what St. Patrick's Day celebration would be complete without Shepherd's Pie??
Why You'll Love It
First and foremost, those potatoes: Mashed to creamy perfection and then baked in the oven? YESPLEASE!
Secondly, Shepherd's Pie is an excellent way to eat vegetables in secret, especially for kids. Who would know there were carrots, onion, celery, AND peas under that gorgeous layer of taters? It was a regular on the menu rotation when I was the chef at my daycare center and whenever I made it, classrooms call for more every time!
Third and final, Shepherd's Pie is a full meal! The mashed potatoes on top essentially serve as the side dish.
It's also just so comforting, easy, and delicious. If you can't tell, I'm a huge fan of Shepherd's Pie. I've even made a lightened up version and a vegetarian variety at this point but sometimes you just gotta go back to the OG!
Tips and Tricks
For the tastiest, easiest shepherd's pie:
- Add the diced potatoes to the pot before boiling the water. The potatoes will cook much more evenly, resulting quite a bit more mash than if you added them to boiling water.
- Use a large, oven safe skillet to cook the filling. That way, you can just top it with the mashed potatoes and throw it straight in the oven! Directions for this are included in the recipe at the bottom of this post.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, you can prep this up to the day before serving → Follow the recipe up to the Assemble and Bake section. Let cool, cover, and pop in the fridge until you’re ready to bake!
Absolutely! Shepherd's Pie freezes quite well. Store it in an airtight container in the freezer up to 3 months. Thaw it in the fridge and reheat to serve
Shepherd's Pie is pretty much a meal in itself but it also pairs well with a simple side salad, or a slice of crusty, buttered bread (my personal preference).