Homemade Shepherd's Pie With Mashed Potato and Parmesan Cheese Topping

Updated on January 18, 2018
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Homemade Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd's Pie
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A Warm, Easy Super for a Cold Winter Evening

I love shepherd's pie: mince meat and vegetables in a tasty gravy topped with a lovely soft mash, sprinkled with parmesan cheese resulting in a delicious crisp crust on any day, but with colder evenings coming, I will love it even more. This recipe is very simple and easy to make, and I have tweaked it to my tastes. By all means, tweak it to yours! Hope you enjoy.

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Mash Potato and Parmesan Cheese Topping

Mash Potato and Parmesan Cheese Topping
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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 20 min
Yields: 4 generous portions


  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 6 small carrots, peeled and finely diced into circles
  • 600 grams of beef mince, (not too finely minced)
  • 2 tablespoons of plain flour
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli con carne, powder mix
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree or tomato ketchup
  • 400 mls of beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup of frozen peas
  • 8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
  • Handful of chives, snipped
  • 50 grams of butter
  • 100 grams of fresh parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • Sea salt
  • Cayenne pepper


  1. In a deep bottomed pan gently heat the olive oil and fry off the onion till translucent. Add the carrots and fry for another 5 mins.
  2. Add in the mince and stir to brown. Once browned sprinkle over the flour, sweet paprika and chilli powder. Stir well and add the tomato puree or tomato ketchup.
  3. Add the beef stock and bring to a simmer. Pop in your bay leaf and continue to simmer on a low heat while you get your potatoes ready.
  4. Place your potatoes in cold water seasoned with a little salt, bring to the boil and reduce to a light bubble until cooked and just tender.
  5. Strain the potatoes and add in the snipped chives and butter. Leave to dry steam for 10 minutes.
  6. At this point add your frozen peas to your mince mix and season with a little sea salt. Leave to cook for another 5 mins.
  7. Pre heat grill to 200 degrees. Mash potatoes. Ladle the mince mix into four serving bowls and using a spoon and fork, top the mince mix with the mash potato. Don't smooth the mash leave it loose and fill all gaps. Push the potato out to the rim of the dish (as pictured below).
  8. Sprinkle over the parmesan cheese and grill till golden brown to get a crisp mash potato and parmesan crust. Deliciously crisp on the top with a soft mash underneath. Serve with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper if desired.

Individual Shepherd's Pie

Grill to Get a Crisp Top
Grill to Get a Crisp Top | Source

Chef's Tips

  • I like a rather thick sauce as the mash potato sits on top. If you don't, just add a little more water. After all, it's your dinner.
  • The ingredients listed are how I like it. Taste as you cook, and if you like a little less or a little more of an ingredient, adjust it to your liking.
  • I prefer not to use too fine a mince, as I don't like the texture in this particular dish. It is just too fine for me and I enjoy a more chunky mince.
  • Carrots and peas are enough vegetables for me, but of course, you can do as you please. Occasionally I have used pumpkin chopped into small dice shapes instead of carrots. The pumpkin adds a sweetness to the dish. Always add the peas at the last minute because they cook quickly, and this way they will keep their colour.
  • I use fresh-grated parmesan cheese to get a crisper finish to the mash topping rather than a heavy cheesy mash. Plus, you don't need to use very much parmesan to get this golden crisp finish, so it's a healthier option too.
  • I chose individual dishes simply for ease and I like the presentation too. If you would prefer one large dish, you go for one large dish.
  • Enjoy with a glass of full-bodied red wine.

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      Gabriel Wilson 2 months ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Thanks Peggy. Hope you try and enjoy :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      That sounds good! Thanks for your recipe.

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      Gabriel Wilson 2 months ago from Madeira, Portugal

      Hope you enjoy. Happy Holidays.

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      renee21 2 months ago

      Great hub! This looks yummy!