This Instant Pot Shepherd's Pie recipe will work in any brand of electric pressure cooker, including the Instant Pot Ninja Foodi , Power Pressure Cooker XL or even a oven top model
Cottage or shepherd's pie contains has traditionally used ground lamb. However, it is equally tasty with beef. We are going to show how to make it with beef steak - it gives the dish a whole new texture and dimension of taste!
You can make the mashed potato topping and the meat filling 2 days in advance.
What to serve with Cottage Pie:
This is really a complete meal - but you can serve shepherd's pie with a side garden salad -or for lunch in bread rolls!
Do you put cheese on top of Shepherd's Pie?
Traditionally, a Shepherd's Pie does not have to be topped with cheese, however, you can add cheddar cheese on top of the mashed potatoes or another idea is to just brush them with a little bit of butter before baking.
Why is it called Shepherd's Pie?
In the beginning, a meat pie made with minced (or ground) meat and mashed potatoes was known as a Cottage Pie or even a potato top pie.
It is very popular in Ireland, Scotland, and England as well! In the late 1800's the pie was named Shepherd's Pie when it was made with lamb and if made with beef it was commonly called a Cottage Pie.
How do you keep shepherd's pie from falling apart?
To stop it falling apart - do not put too much liquid in the meat - and put lots of potato and cheese on top and bake again in the oven - and then take it out with a spatial carefully and it will not fall apart
How do you thicken cottage pie?
You can thicken the mix with a cornstarch and water mixture. Or use flour on the meat. You will need to cook out the flour so you do not taste it.
Why does my mash sinking cottage pie?
You have too much liquid in your meat - see above how to thicken the meat.
Does cottage pie have pastry?
Yes it can - some people put a sheet of pastry instead of the potato on top
What is the best shepherd's pie seasoning?
For Beef -the best seasoning is bay leaves and thyme
For Lamb the best seasoning is rosemary.
How to store a bought Graham cracker pie crust can work on a cottage pie?
You can crush graham crackers and add a little bit of cheese to hold them together and you have a graham shepherd pie!!