“It is a homely thing in one or another sense of the word, depending on your point of views.” Glyn Lloyd-Hughes, Description of Shepherd’s Pie: The Foods of England
I should perhaps title this recipe Shepherdess Pie which apparently is a variation made without meat but I hadn’t heard the term before I started looking at recipes. Shepherd’s Pie was traditionally made with minced lamb and Cottage Pie was made with minced beef.
It’s easy enough to make and even easier if you have leftover mashed potatoes, gravy and vegetables.
6 cups steamed vegetables of your choice (part or all leftover veggies) I used bok choy, cauliflower, carrots, collard greens, onions and threw in some frozen green beans at the last minute.
4-6 cups mashed potatoes (either leftover or made with 2 1/2 to 3 pounds potatoes)
2 cups gravy or sauce of your choice (this may be leftover gravy or fresh mushroom gravy-see recipe ) If you prefer you could use a tomato or cheese sauce instead of traditional gravy.
Oil a deep dish pie plate or casserole dish. Mix veggies and gravy and scrape into pie plate. Place mashed potatoes on top to cover filling all the way to the edge of the dish.
Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 45 minutes until gravy is bubbling. Timing will depend upon the temperature of the ingredients when placed in the oven. If all ingredients are freshly cooked and warm it will take about 25 minutes. If they are leftovers and cold from the fridge it will take longer to heat through. Enjoy!