Irish Shepard Pie
Shepherd’s pie, sometimes known as Cottage Pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato.
The term cottage pie was in use by 1791, when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor The word “cottage” meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers.
In early cookery books, the dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.
The term “shepherd’s pie” did not appear until 1877, and since then it has been used synonymously with “cottage pie”, regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton. More recently, the term “shepherd’s pie” has been used when the meat is lamb, the theory being that shepherds are concerned with sheep and not cattle.
There are other variations in Ireland and England such as those described below to include a fish pie.
A St. Stephen’s Day pie is made using turkey and ham.
The Cumberland pie is a version with a layer of breadcrumb on top.
A similar English dish made with fish is a fish pie.
A vegetarian version (occasionally named “Shepherdless Pie” or Farmer’s Pie) can be made using soya or other meat substitutes or legumes such as lentils or chickpeas.
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