10 Distinctly Delicious Shepherd's Pie Recipes

Published On 03/17/2015 Published On 03/17/2015

Originally from Ireland, the potato-topped meat & veggie medley known as shepherd's pie wasn't always the cold-weather comfort food none of us will really go out of our way to eat but if given the option will totally enjoy.

When it was first introduced sometime in the late 18th century, "cottage pie," as it was called, was simply a pragmatic way for poor folk to eat affordable potatoes and use up leftover meat. Now, because meat pie is pretty tasty even if you're not a destitute herdsman and can afford food other than potatoes, here are 10 variations on this layered delight.

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Turkey shepherd's pie

With basically only five ingredients -- peas, carrots, potatoes, onions, corn, and ground turkey -- it really doesn't get any simpler. Unless you just buy a KFC Famous Bowl. Recipe this way!

Mariner's pie

Poached haddock and bechamel replace ground beef and gravy. Get it here

Courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats

Cauliflower mashed potatoes

There's still a hefty amount of butter and milk, but mixing a head of cauliflower into the potatoes cuts down on carbs and lends the topping a lighter texture. Recipe here

Alton Brown's adaptation

The Food Network weirdo adds an egg yolk to glue everything together. Get the recipe!

Courtesy of Mel's Kitchen Cafe

An elevated classic

It's everything you want/expect from a shepherd's pie, but the filling is bolstered by some serious seasoning, and the potato layer's got two kinds of cheese. Recipe here

Skillet shepherd’s pie

For when you just gotta have some cottage pie and don't feel like waiting for a casserole to cook. Here's the recipe.

Courtesy of Feasting at Home

Vegan shepherd's pie

Eschew tradition and replace the meat filling with mushrooms and sunchokes. Recipe here!

Lamb shepherd's pie

This is the only recipe on here with a meat filling that actually, at one time, needed a shepherd. Recipe here

Courtesy of The Midnight Baker

Loaded potato topping

The potato topping -- with sour cream, green onions, cheddar cheese, and bacon -- has more ingredients than the classic ground beef filling. Fatten up here

30-minute shepherd's pie

Meat pie in under a half-hour! Recipe here

Carrie Dennis is an associate editor for Thrillist and suspects reality television is scripted. Follow her on Twitter: @CarrrieDennnis.



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