Shepherd's pie is a casserole made with lamb, vegetables and potatoes. Americans make it with beef and the pie made with beef is usually called Cottage Pie. You can add your own ingredients to suit to your taste. (like carrot, celery, mutton, your choice of spices etc)
Here, Iam going to key in my mom-in law's way of making the classic Shepherd's Pie.
Beef: 1 kg
Onion: 2 medium diced
Ginger: 1 inch minced
Green Chillies: 6-7 chopped
Butter or Oil: 2 tbsp
Salt and Pepper: as needed
Grated Cheese: half to 1 cup
Tomatoes; 2 sliced round
Potato: 1 kg
Butter: 2 tbsp
Milk: 2 tbsp
Salt and Pepper: as needed.
Pressure cook the potatoes and mash it properly and add butter and milk to it to make a smooth paste
Add salt and pepper to this mix and keep aside.
Heat Oil/butter in a pan and saute the onions, ginger and green chilies till they are wilted.
Add the cooked and minced beef to it, add required salt and pepper ( half tbsp each) and combine everything together.
Preheat oven 200 C
Grease an oven proof dish with butter and first layer the beef mix.
On top of it, layer the sliced tomatoes.
Top it with the mashed potato mix. You can again brush the top with butter.
Sprinkle grated cheese on top.
Bake for 30 minutes or till the potatoes turn golden brown.