Plate with a piece of shepherd's pie
Is There A Difference Between Shepherd's Pie And Cottage Pie?
Some might use the terms shepherd's pie and cottage pie interchangeably, but there are differences between the two — mainly concerning the meat and gravy.
A traditional shepherd's pie has a base of vegetables like carrots, peas, onions, and sometimes corn combined with ground lamb and gravy.
The gravy is made with the juices from the lamb, thickened with flour, combined with herbs like rosemary or thyme, tomato paste or ketchup, and a dash of Worcestershire sauce.
After it's cooked, it goes in a casserole or pie dish and is topped with mashed or sliced potatoes. Some variations add shredded cheddar cheese on top.
Cottage pie recipes include many of the same ingredients, like veggies such as carrots, peas, and onions, but this dish features ground beef instead of lamb.
The gravy used for cottage pie combines beef broth or stock with the core ingredients. The dish is also topped with mashed potatoes.