Say hello! to our East Meets West Cottage Pie. There are many recipes available for Cottage Pie, and indeed Shepherd’s Pie, which uses lamb mince as opposed to beef.
The humble Cottage Pie can be traced back as far as 1791,when the potato was introduced as an edible crop and was made affordable to poor people. It wasn’t until nearly 100 years later that the Shepherd’s Pie came about.
Originally, the cottage pie recipe consisted of using up any leftovers and the pie dish would have a lining inside the dish of mashed potato as well as a mashed potato crust on the top. These days, the most popular is to use the mashed potato only on the top of the pie.
We carried out a mini survey over at our Lovefoodies Facebook page and asked which pie everyone preferred – a Shepherd’s or cottage pie. The votes were split, and we couldn’t decide! Someone came up with the name ‘Moo-Baah’ Pie, after the sound a cow and a lamb would make (referring to the use of minced beef or lamb), so we also affectionately call this a ‘Moo-baah’ pie over on Facebook!
Here in this recipe, as with many at Lovefoodies, we try and add a bit more flavour and jazz, so that our taste buds get tickled and try and make a dish really something to remember. Of course, you can always leave out some of the spices and herbs, and just eat it plain….but that wouldn’t be much fun!
So flick your oven on and lets get cooking!