A traditional shepherds pie recipe uses minced (ground) lamb whereas a cottage pie uses beef. However, the basic method is the same.
This recipe starts from scratch but I will also explain how to make shepherds pie with cold, cooked meat at the bottom of this page, which is an ideal way of using up leftover meat and mashed potatoes.
The quantities in this recipe will feed four people, making it an ideal family dinner or a supper for you and a group of mates.
Don't panic because the page looks long. I will give complete step-by-step instructions making it simple to follow the recipe.