Shepards Pie

This recipe always seems to tick all the boxes without fail. Minced beef is one of the cheapest meats you can get as well as being available as lean mince if youre fat conscious. Potatoes are cheap, and so is any other veg you may want to add to the meat like carrots or peas. Its easy to make and quick to cook. Its also versatile in that you can vary the ingredients, you can use any type of minced meat, any variety of vegetables inside and a variety of herbs/ spices to change the flavour. What about swapping the regular potato topping for a pastry crust or, if youre counting calories, sweet potato?

Ours was pretty simple…


  • 400g minced beef
  • pinch of rosemary
  • pinch of sage
  • 1 chicken stock cube or home made chicken stock
  • a little dash of oil, or bit of marge or butter or lard (personal preference)
  • Gravy browning/ granules (we used beef)
  • clove of garlic
  • 1 medium onion, sliced or diced depending on personal preference
  • potatoes, boiled and mashed (obviously just enough to cover the dish youre using)


  1. Add the stock, herbs, garlic and oil/ fat to a steady frying pan and fry off the onions… i tiny bit of fat or virgin olive oil etc will not do you a bit of harm…. its just to swish #TECHNICALWORDALERT around the pan
  2. Add the minced beef and cook until browned
  3. Add a little water before you add the gravy browning and mix well in the pan.
  4. Once mixed pour into oven proof dish and cover in mashed potato.
  5. Pop into the oven on Gas Mark 2 for 1.5 hours …. you can speed this up by upping the temperature and cooking until the top of the mash has browned of a little.

Serve with seasonal spring veg and enjoy 😀 we certainly did!


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