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Shepherd's Pie - With or Without Pastry

Emmalilly | Aug 21, 201611:13 PM     51

Settle an argument for me.
Growing up Shepherd's Pie was beef mince (ground hamburger for the American's) with gravy (brown gravy, just enough to hold it together and make it wonderful, not too much to make it wet) with mashed potato and cheese on top.
This is the way my grandma makes it, and how my mum makes it and so obviously how I make it.

Enter my friend who insists that Shepherd's Pie must have pastry base, then the mince mix, potato and cheese.

I argue that that is a Cottage Pie.

I know technically in the UK the difference between Shepherd's and Cottage pie comes down to the meat used (lamb for Shepherd's and beef for Cottage), however I have only ever know the above.

Does anyone have some thoughts about the true make-up of a Shepherd's Pie?

---Side Note - Do American's eat Shepherd's Pie? If not, why not??!?!?!

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