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Shepherd’s Pie Recipe (VIDEO)

The first time I tried Shepherd’s Pie was in the Cheesecake Factory and I fell in love with the dish. I’m a meat and potatoes kind of gal and this is basically the best combination of saucy meat and creamy parmesan potatoes.

Shepherd’s Pie recipe is a savory pie like Chicken Pot Pie and it’s just as homey and comforting. It is a stunning and welcoming dish for the holiday table. Watch the video tutorial and learn how to make it.

Slice of Shepherd's pie on a plate with fork

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Shepherd’s Pie Video Tutorial

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What is a Shepherd’s Pie?

Shepherd’s Pie (also known as cottage pie) originated in England. It is a savory pie with ground red meat (usually either ground lamb or ground beef) in a vegetable gravy sauce, topped with a layer of mashed potatoes. The potatoes seal in the saucy gravy filling and develop a golden crust as the pie bakes in the oven.

Cottage pie with meat sauce covered by mashed potatoes.

Ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie

  • Ground Beef – we used lean beef, or you can substitute with ground lamb.
  • Salt and Pepper – after several tests, we found this simple seasoning is all that is needed. Thyme and rosemary are commonly added but we found it overpowering in any quantity.
  • Onion – we used yellow onion, but you can substitute any variety
  • Garlic – aromatic that enhances the sauce
  • All-purpose flour – thickens the sauce
  • Red Wine – use a dry red wine to add rich flavor. Use any dry red wine such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, or Sauvignon (avoid cooking wine)
  • Beef Broth – you can use Chicken broth if that is what you have on hand.
  • Tomato paste – rounds out the flavor of the sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce – adds the umami (savory notes)
  • Frozen vegetables – we use a combination of carrots, peas and corn
Ingredients for making shepherd's pie with ground beef and vegetables

The Best Mashed Potatoes for Cottage Pie

You can easily use leftover Creamy Mashed Potatoes or even Garlic Mashed Potatoes if you have some on hand, but be sure to add parmesan and egg. Here’s what you’ll need to cook mashed potatoes for Shephards Pie:

  • Russet Potatoes – whip up super creamy and smooth
  • Heavy Whipping Cream – makes potatoes luxuriously creamy
  • Salt – add to taste after mashing
  • Parmesan cheese – gives the potatoes the best taste
  • Egg – creates that lovely golden hue in the oven
  • Butter – helps with color and keeps the potatoes moist
Ingredients for Making mashed potatoes

Tips for the Best Mashed Potatoes

  • Cut potatoes into even pieces – this ensures they cook at the same rate.
  • Add salt after the potatoes are cooked and they are less likely to become waterlogged.
  • Do not overcook potatoes or they will turn gummy.
  • Mash right away with a potato masher while potatoes are hot.
Mashing potatoes in a pot

How to Make the Filling

  1. Saute Beef – saute ground meat in oil, breaking it up with a spatula. Season with salt and pepper. Add onions and saute 3 minutes until softened then add garlic and stir another minute.
  2. Add flour and stir for a minute.
  3. Pour in red wine and scrape the bottom to deglaze the pan.
  4. Add broth, tomato paste and worcestershire sauce, stirring to combine.
  5. Add frozen vegetables, bring to a light boil and season with more salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer 10 minutes until sauce is. slightly thickened.
Step by step how to make meat and vegetable gravy for shepherd's pie

To Assemble a Shepherd’s Pie

  1. Transfer the Meat Sauce into a pie dish or casserole.
  2. Top with scoops of potatoes then spread potatoes evenly over the filling. An ice cream scoop makes this easy.
  3. Drizzle with melted butter and bake at 400˚F for about 30 minutes or until potatoes start to turn golden.
How to assemble Shepherd's Pie with mashed potatoes and bake

Pro Tip: Shepherd’s Pie can be made ahead which is perfect for the holidays or busy weeknights. See the Make-ahead section below for tips on refrigerating or freezing the pie.

Common Questions

What is the difference between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie?

A Shepherd’s Pie is typically made with ground lamb (hence the name Shepherd’s). When it is made with ground beef, it is referred to as a cottage pie or meat pie.

Can I use leftover mashed potatoes?

Yes, you can use leftover mashed potatoes and you’ll need about 4 cups of mashed potatoes. Warm them up so they are creamy and spreadable. Add some heavy cream if needed to soften them up then stir in parmesan and an egg per the recipe.

Can I substitute the vegetables?

Yes, you can substitute with a variety of chopped veggies. Try chopped and sauteed zucchini, or even chop and sautee your own carrot. Sauteed mushrooms are also a tasty addition.

Can I substitute the wine?

Most of the alcohol in the wine gets cooked out but it adds great flavor. If you wanted to substitute, you could deglaze the pan with beef broth instead.

Golden Baked to of Shepherd's Pie

Serve Shepherd’s Pie with

Shepherd’s Pie can be the main course for a weekend dinner or a side dish when serving during the holidays. We love to pair it with fresh veggies, salad, and bread to soak up the gravy.

Make-Ahead

  • To Refrigerate: Assemble the pie and cool to room temperature then cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
  • Freezing: Once the assembled pie is cooled, cover with foil and freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking.
  • To Reheat: Bake a refrigerated or fully thawed pie at 400˚F for 30-35 minutes.
Slice of Shepherd's Pie served on a plate

Shepherd’s Pie is the ultimate comfort food. It looks so festive alongside a Prime Rib Roast or a Juicy Roast Turkey. If it graces your holiday table, I hope you snap a photo and tag me on social media @natashaskitchen so I can see it.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

5 from 116 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Slice of Shepherd's pie on a plate

A homey and comforting Shepherd's Pie recipe with a meat and vegetable gravy sauce under a crown of creamy parmesan mashed potatoes.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Medium
Cost to Make: $12-$16
Keyword: Cottage Pie, Meat Pie, Shepherd’s Pie
Cuisine: English
Course: Main Course
Calories: 403
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

For the Potato Topping:

  • 2 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” thick pieces
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream, warm
  • 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted to brush the top
  • 1 Tbsp parsley or chives, chopped, to garnish the top

For the Pie Filling:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb lean ground beef or ground lamb
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt, divided, or added to taste
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet, Sauvignon
  • 1 cup beef broth or chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen vegetables of choice, peas, carrots, and corn

Instructions

How to Make Potatoes:

  1. Place chopped potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are tender (12-15 minutes), don’t overcook potatoes. Drain and mash potatoes in the same pot.

  2. Add warm cream and 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste) then mash until smooth. Lastly, mash in the parmesan cheese and beaten egg.

How to Make the Filling:

  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F with a rack in the center. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and ground beef. Breaking up the beef with a spatula then season with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper and cook until meat is just cooked through and no longer pink (5 minutes).

  2. Add onions and sauté for 3 minutes to soften then add minced garlic and stir another minute.
  3. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp flour and stir for 1 minute. You’ll see a film form on the bottom of your pan.
  4. Stir in red wine, scraping the bottom to deglaze the pan for a minute. Add beef broth, 1 Tbsp tomato paste, and 1 Tbsp Worcestershire.
  5. Add 1 1/2 cups of frozen veggies and bring to a light boil. Season with another 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper or add to taste. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook 10 minutes until sauce is slightly thickened.

How to Assemble Shepherd’s Pie:

  1. Transfer meat and veggie mixture to a deep pie dish, or 11×7 or 9×9 casserole dish.

  2. Scoop mashed potatoes over the top then spread evenly, making sure to seal the potatoes to the edge of the dish so the filling doesn’t bubble up.

  3. Drizzle 2 Tbsp melted butter over the top. Place a sheet of foil under the casserole to catch any drips and bake at 400˚F on the center rack for 25-30 minutes or until potatoes start to turn golden. Cool 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 403 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 99mg33%
Sodium 857mg37%
Potassium 843mg24%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 2279IU46%
Vitamin C 13mg16%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Pauline
    June 24, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I’ve tried some of your recipes and I must say they are delicious. I live in England and shepherds pie and cottage pie are completely different although made the same. Cottage pie is made with beef and shepherds pie is made with lamb, there is another called Cumberland pie which is made the same as cottage pie (beef) but with grated cheese on top.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 24, 2022

      Hi Pauline, Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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  • Jane Niner
    May 29, 2022

    I love this recipe but would orange sweet potato work instead of russet potatoes?

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    • Natasha
      May 30, 2022

      Hi Jane, I haven’t tried that in this recipe but it would change the color and give the dish a sweeter flavor profile. You might google search to see if using sweet potatoes is a good idea or not.

      Reply

  • Deb
    May 22, 2022

    I made the Shepherd’s Pie for dinner today! Absolutely delicious! Your instructions and video were such a help…..Came out perfect (and have left~overs for tomorrow)! Can’t wait!!! You are my new go-to site for simple, no-fail, delicious meals!
    Thanks Natasha 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 22, 2022

      That really brightens my day! Thanks a lot for your good comments and feedback. We appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Yvette Blackmont
    May 16, 2022

    I cook for an assisted living aged care here in Australia and my residents rate this as the best shepherds pie they’ve ever eaten!😀…thanks for the fabulous recipe Natasha🙂🥰

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 16, 2022

      Aaaw that is a wonderful comment, thank you for sharing that with us!

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  • Eileen
    May 12, 2022

    I doubled the recipe for 10 family members. Many compliments to you on the flavors and requests for the recipe. Scarcely any leftovers (next time x 2 1/2). Served with an assortment of sliced breads, our Grandmother’s Boston Baked Beans & Buttermilk Caesar Salad.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 13, 2022

      That’s fantastic feedback, Eileen. Great to hear that this recipe was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Vickie
    May 12, 2022

    hi used to get you recipes . but now I am not, what is the problem?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 12, 2022

      Hi Vickie, do you mean via email? You may register and subscribe to our newsletter again to get our recipes via email. You may use this link.

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  • Irene Wasik
    April 20, 2022

    Do I need to double recipe to make this in a 9 by 13 pan.
    It is for a pot luck supper.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 20, 2022

      Hi Irene, I have not tested that to advise. You’d have to experiment with the pan size, but 9×13 sounds like it would be a little small if you doubled this recipe.

      Reply

  • Nicole
    April 14, 2022

    This recipe did NOT disappoint! So much flavor, my first time making mashed potatoes was an epic fail but cornstarch came to the rescue and it was still amazing! My husband raved about it to all the guys at work the next day! Any tips on best way to reheat it though for left overs?? Thanks so much!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Hi Nicole, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed this Shepherd’s Pie! You can reheat this, you can bake a refrigerated or fully thawed pie at 400˚F for 30-35 minutes.

      Reply

  • Sheila
    April 13, 2022

    This recipe is a keeper. I make it over and over again. So delicious! I have tried many of your recipes and you never fail to amaze me Natasha! I am so happy to have found your website a few years ago. It is like a one-stop shop of beautiful recipes! Congratulations! You are the best! Happy Easter!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 14, 2022

      Happy Easter, Sheila! I’m happy to know that you loved this pie, thanks a lot for sharing that with us.

      Reply

  • Darla
    April 7, 2022

    Made this tonight. It was absolutely scrumptious. My husband loves. Best Shepherd Pie hands down. Followed the recipe. I’ve made several of your recipes and have never been disappointed. Thank you for sharing❤️

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 7, 2022

      We’re really happy to hear that, Darla. Thanks a lot for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Nate
    March 31, 2022

    This is a fantastic recipe. Thank you. Cottage cheese makes a great side dish.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 1, 2022

      Thanks for the good feedback, Nate!

      Reply

  • Nancy
    March 31, 2022

    Yum! This is so good! The additions of the egg to the topping and the wine to the filling take it to a whole other level of deliciousness. Yet another great recipe. Thank you.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 31, 2022

      Hi Nancy! Thank you so much for the review. I am happy you enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Rosie Kendall
    March 29, 2022

    We cooked the chicken Parmigiano from your recipe and… Oh my goodness it was so delicious the meat was very tasty and tender and juicy. We give you a # 10rating.The best recipe

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 29, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Rosie!

      Reply

  • Gail Karlsson
    March 29, 2022

    Hello….I love your recipes, made a few, and your videos,make it looks so easy …I’ve made shepherd’s pie many times before but never with a recipe but you’re a recipe looks so delicious I’m making it tonight… Wanted to know though can I make this with ground turkey also

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 29, 2022

      Hi Gail! Thank you, I’m happy you’ve been enjoying my recipes and videos. This recipe would work with turkey if that is what you prefer. I hope you love this recipe. Let us know how it works out for you.

      Reply

  • nancy lowe
    March 27, 2022

    natasha I have tried quite a few websights for different recipes and I have tried a few of yours and just love it I tell my friends about you all the time and you are so informative with your instructions keep going with them

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 27, 2022

      Aaaw, thank you for your nice words, Nancy. I appreciate it!

      Reply

  • Phillip
    March 23, 2022

    Wow, not only the first time that I have made shepherds pie, but first time ever eating. This turned out fantastic and family thought this was delicious! Highly recommend this recipe.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 23, 2022

      Love it, thank you for the awesome review! We appreciate you sharing your experience making this recipe, Phillip.

      Reply

  • Mrs Cooper
    March 23, 2022

    Could I substitute the tomato paste for ketchup? (I am out of tomato paste)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 23, 2022

      Hi Mrs. Cooper, I haven’t tested that substitution, if you happen to test that, I’d love to know how you like that.

      Reply

  • Pat Lanciano
    March 20, 2022

    Hi Natasha!
    I made your Shepherd Pie for a friend who seriously injured her ankle/foot and has been wheelchair bound for months. She is a fabulous cook and it’s a little intimidating, to say the least, to provide a meal for an exceptional cook. She LOVED it! Thanks for your great recipes. I LOVE them, too!

    P.S. Your videos are fun to watch and make me laugh!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 20, 2022

      That is a sweet gesture, Pat and I’m glad your friend liked it! Hoping for her fast recovery and thank you for this review!

      Reply

  • Mary
    March 14, 2022

    Looking for a Shepherd’s Pie for St. Patty’s Day this week. This one looks delicious! Can’t wait to try it.
    And….watched the video a second time to find the shark! That might keep your cookies safe 🙂

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 14, 2022

      I hope you love it, Mary!

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  • Amanda
    March 13, 2022

    Made this tonight! It was delicious! The red wine took it over the top.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 14, 2022

      Great to hear that you enjoyed it, Amanda!

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  • Michelle Chambers
    March 12, 2022

    Natasha
    I just made your Cottage Pie, Absolutely amazing. I followed just as you make it. Soooo delicious. Cant wait to serve it to guests. I love your show and your family. I have telling so many people to check out your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 12, 2022

      Isn’t it so hearty and delicious?! I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Michelle!

      Reply

  • Lidia Porada
    March 10, 2022

    This came out absolutely delicious! I did not use corn sub with green beans and mushrooms! My husband’ couldn’t stop eating it! Thank you!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2022

      So glad to hear that it was a huge hit!

      Reply

  • Amanda
    March 8, 2022

    I’m not a huge fan of cheese. Would it be ok to reduce or omit the parmesan?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 8, 2022

      It adds great flavor to the potatoes but I think it would be ok.

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  • Nancy Glazier
    February 28, 2022

    I made this tonight. I used mushrooms, roasted carrots and kernel corn as the veggies. It was ridiculously good.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 1, 2022

      Hi Nancy, that’s awesome feedback. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Janis
    February 25, 2022

    Whenever I need a recipe I look on your website first because chances are you will have the best version. Easy delicious and I love the videos. Can’t wait to try this one for dinner. I’m sure it will be a hit. Keep up the great blog. Definitely my favorite site!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 25, 2022

      Aww, thank you, Janis. That is very kind. I appreciate the review. I will definitely keep em’ coming! 🙂

      Reply

  • Tammy
    February 23, 2022

    I’m a firm believer of the phrase “the way to a man”s heart is through his stomach.” I made this tonight with no substitutions. He had THREE helpings of it!! He said I could make this quite frequently if I so desired. 😊

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 24, 2022

      Love it! So great to hear that he enjoyed this recipe a lot. Thank you for sharing that with us.

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  • Amy
    February 21, 2022

    Read all of the reviews, was super excited. Here’s the thing, it’s very, very bland. Make sure you taste a lot as you make it-needs seasoning help.

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    • Natasha
      February 21, 2022

      Hi Amy, yes, great tip! I haven’t had anyone say that it was underseasoned and this one has been pretty popular. Did you possibly miss seasoning in any of the steps as listed? Also, definitely be sure to season to taste as stated in step 5.

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  • L. Hunt-Anderson
    February 13, 2022

    My husband saw the picture of this recipe on your website and wanted to try it. Sampling the meat during cooking it, I knew it would be fantastic. This Shepherd’s Pie was incredible, so much so my hubs had 2.5 helpings. Our youngest son also ate it and said “this is incredible, there is something extra in this dish” and asked for the recipe. 5 stars given on this comfort food!! We will definitely fix this dish again.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 13, 2022

      That’s awesome feedback, thank you so much for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Dolores Gutierrez
    February 6, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I made this tonight for dinner, it was delicious!! My husband couldn’t stop eating it!! I love your recipes!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 7, 2022

      That’s wonderful, Dolores! I’m happy to know that your hubby enjoyed this recipe a lot.

      Reply

  • Jordan Eisenman
    February 1, 2022

    Going to be honest to the fact that this recipe was completely a success! I doubled it for an amount of 8 family members and it was gone in the morning and packed in lunches for work. Natasha you have not posted a bad recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 2, 2022

      Thanks so much for the awesome review, Jordan. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • April
    January 22, 2022

    I was just wondering if the wine was necessary?? I love all of your recipes by the way! I just dont normally keep wine in the house so I didnt know if I could substitute it with something else or leave it out altogether…?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 23, 2022

      Hi April, in most cases, yes it is necessary and a big part of the recipe as it really enhances the flavor. Most of the alcohol in the wine gets cooked out but it adds great flavor. If you wanted to substitute, you could deglaze the pan with beef broth instead.

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  • Isabelle
    January 22, 2022

    Hi Natasha, I love all your and the flavours are delicious, recipes, not like other ones that never turn out the way the pic displays or the flavours. This is soooo yummy:)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 22, 2022

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Isabelle! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Kyle
    January 21, 2022

    If you’ve been searching recipes for a great Shepherd’s/Cottage Pie you can stop now. This is it.

    The Worcestershire and wine at the end of each bite is fantastic.

    The egg and parmesan in the potatoes just works with this dish.

    Excellent job again, Natasha.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 21, 2022

      Aww, thank you so much for this thoughtful review, Kyle! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Tamar
    January 19, 2022

    Hi Natasha,

    Can I use soy sauce as a sub for the worcestershire sauce?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 19, 2022

      Hi Tamar, I think soy sauce will work but if you can find Worcestershire sauce it will be better.

      Reply

  • Linda
    January 18, 2022

    This was excellent. Made it last night for dinner….wow. Pure comfort food for a cold night. I have made so many of your recipes and have never had a failure. Thank You for sharing. Hugs from Canada

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 18, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Linda!

      Reply

  • Linda
    January 17, 2022

    Hi Natashia. Just made your Shepherd’s Pie recipe and it’s a hit. I had never heard of putting egg in potatoes before but, it was O.K. I was afraid it would scramble when it hit the hot potatoes. You really are teaching an old dog new tricks. Thank You for another wonderful recipe. Hugs from Canada

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 17, 2022

      Hello Linda, good to hear that the recipe was a hit! Thank you for the review and for sharing that with us.

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  • Mary G.
    January 17, 2022

    Made this last month. Fantastic. Hubby and I both loved it. We are both in our 70’s and love trying new recipes. This is a new comfort food for us. We love all your recipes we have tried. Making it again tonight. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 17, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Mary!

      Reply

  • ZJ
    January 15, 2022

    First time made it, easy and so good! Rich and flavorful, the whole family loved it! Will sure make again.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, ZJ!

      Reply

  • Marina
    January 13, 2022

    I made this with ground venison, which is what I had on hand. My husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, so to have those two things combined was amazing. And while this recipe was a bit multistep, it was worth it and delicious! Your recipes never fail 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 14, 2022

      Hello Marina, good to know that the ingredients that you have on hand, worked well. I hope you’ll love all the recipes that you will try!

      Reply

  • Louise Cassar
    January 11, 2022

    Dear Natasha, I follow you and all your amazing recipes from Malta !!!!
    Today I cooked Sheperd’s Pie, and I must say my family really loved it !!
    Super delicious !!!
    Thanks for all the goodness you dedicate to all us followers xxx

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 11, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with m! I’m so glad you’re enjoying my recipes!

      Reply

  • Michael Jagodnik
    January 10, 2022

    Made this over the holidays for the family. It turned out great. My son especially liked it and there wasn’t much left I’m afraid. Growing teenager…lol..
    Thanks again for the really good recipes.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2022

      Great to hear that it turned out great! Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Carol
    January 6, 2022

    I’m going to try this recipe for the first time this weekend. Have you ever tried using both lamb and beef 50/50. Maybe this way the lamb won’t be so overpowering.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 6, 2022

      Hi Carol, I haven’t tried that yet but I imagine that will be fine. If you try that, please share with us how it turns out.

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  • Kathryn
    December 31, 2021

    Made this last night and my family flew right through it! Was super delicious and I wouldnt change a thing. Another winner from Natasha! You never disappoint. I’ve made sooooo many of your recipes. Gonna have to double this one up next time I make it for my hungry crowd.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2021

      That is the best when the family loves what we moms make. That’s so great! & it sounds like you found a new family favorite!

      Reply

  • Kenny Strout
    December 30, 2021

    I have made shepherds pie before and it came out good but this recipe was amazing and is now my go to when making it. My fussy grandkids loved it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 30, 2021

      That’s so great! It sounds like you have a new favorite, Kenny!

      Reply

  • Regina
    December 27, 2021

    I have never made or eaten Shepherds Pie. We have been married 34 yrs and I have not tried to make it. Thank you for making cooking exciting and fun again! I was in a real rut and needed some new things to try that don’t require special ingredients. Again thank you Natasha❤️
    Regina🌻

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 27, 2021

      I’m so happy you have this recipe a try, Regina! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • John
    December 24, 2021

    We made this Cottage Pie last night, but my kids and wife hate frozen peas and carrots, so I sauteed French green beans in the same pan I had used for the beef. My grandmother was from Ireland and when she made Shepherd Pie, she layered lamb, fried cabbage, and mashed potatoes, so I constucted my pie this way, with the beef on the botton, the sauteed French green beans in the middle, and the mashed potatoes of course topping it off, and it was incredible, so delicious with Natasha’s recipe for the sauce.

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    • Natasha
      December 24, 2021

      Oh my goodness that all sounds really wonderful! Thank you for sharing.

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  • Randy
    December 22, 2021

    Thank you for a great recipe. It turned out fantastic, definitely a keeper.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 23, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Randy!

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  • Jerry
    December 21, 2021

    I doubled the recipe and made two containers of the Shepherds Pie! It was delicious! I gave one container to a neighbor lady ! Will make this again ! It’s a keeper recipe!

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    • Natasha
      December 22, 2021

      Oh how awesome!! Thank you so much for the great review and for being an amazing neighbor.

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  • Greg
    December 21, 2021

    OMG, you’re killing me right now with the carbs. The crusty potatoes on the top are the best part. I made this but used leftover turkey from TD. Forget the rest of the stuff, I just want to make an entire sheet pan of the mashed potato topping again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2021

      Aren’t they so good and comforting?! I’m glad to hear you’re a fan of Shepherd’s Pie!

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  • Katie C.
    December 21, 2021

    Made this last night. It’s a keeper! Added rosemary to the base. Used less salt overall and milk instead of cream in the potatoes. I couldn’t really taste the cheese so I might leave that out next time.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 21, 2021

      I’m so glad this is a keeper, Katie! That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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      • Dru N.
        December 26, 2021

        Can this be made ahead and frozen or made a day ahead and put in refrigerator and baked off the next day?

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        • Natasha
          December 26, 2021

          Hi Dru, See the Make-ahead section below for tips on refrigerating or freezing the pie.

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  • Tara M.
    December 20, 2021

    We are excited to try this out thankyou for this video! Found the shark the snowman cookie jar head! 🙂
    My girls love watching your cooking show!

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    • Natasha
      December 21, 2021

      Haha good eye! I’m so glad your girls love our cooking show. Thank you for the encouraging feedback and Merry Christmas!

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  • Sharon
    December 20, 2021

    I love So many of your recipes and this one did not disappoint! So good! I used “Simply potatoes” and added the egg and park to them only because I’m lazy!!!! Delish! Thank you!!!!!

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    • Natasha
      December 21, 2021

      That’s awesome to know that it works with pre-made mashed potatoes. I love that shortcut!

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  • Lori Charters
    December 20, 2021

    I made your shepherds pie the other night for my family. They loved it! So did I. Love watching your videos and will definitely try more recipes
    Thanks so much!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

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  • Mary Kostelnik
    December 20, 2021

    Wow!!! I didn’t change a thing and it was outstanding! My husband loved this dish and it isn’t difficult to make. You are quickly becoming my favorite chef Natasha! Last week we tried the orange cranberry bread which is amazing. Thanks for the great instructions!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful comment and compliment with me. I’m so glad this was a hit!

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  • marisa
    December 20, 2021

    can i replace the cream with coconut milk? something that is dairy free? thanks

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      I haven’t tested any substitutions so I’m not sure what to recommend. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

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  • Cathleen Coyne
    December 20, 2021

    I made this last night and it was a huge hit! Followed the recipe exactly as it was and the flavors were so rich and delicious!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Cathleen!

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  • Cathleen
    December 20, 2021

    I made this last night and it was delicious!! Followed it exactly! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Cathleen!

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  • Stephanie
    December 19, 2021

    I’ve made Shepherd’s – I mean Cottage Pie with my mom a few times before, but we never thought of adding red wine or cheese to the recipe. It definitely enhances the flavor, and I can’t wait to share it with her!

    I’ve never tried it using lamb and, to be honest, I’m a little nervous after the first time I tried cooking lamb: my whole apartment was filled with a gamey smell. Is there any advice you can give me?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Hi Stephanie, I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe and yes, the red wine shouldn’t be skipped! Just follow the steps in the recipe and I’m sure it will be a success.

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  • Linda
    December 19, 2021

    I have tried several recipes for Shepard’s/ Cottage pie because it’s one of my husband’s favorite meals, and I have to say this is by far the most flavorful. The mix of red wine and beef broth takes the flavor over the top! I no longer need to look for another Shepard’s/ Cottage pie recipe! Thanks again for another great recipe!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 20, 2021

      Yay that’s awesome feedback, Linda. Thank you so much for the review!

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  • Janet Taber
    December 19, 2021

    I have just watched your video and will be making Cottage Pie (we raise beef cattle!) for our family Christmas dinner. I
    will also make your roasted cauliflower and ceaser salad. What should I make for dessert?

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  • Amy
    December 18, 2021

    I absolutely love every recipe I make of Natasha’s! This is definitely another one I will make again and again. Super tasty! And easy to make.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 18, 2021

      You’re so nice! Thank you!

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  • Michael Weston
    December 18, 2021

    Dear Natasha – the clue to what’s in a Shepherd’s pie is in the name. Shepherds herd sheep not cattle. Shepherd’s pie can only be made with lamb. If beef is used, it is cottage pie. Nice recipes – thank you

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  • Lori
    December 18, 2021

    Love all your recipes & I’m excited to make this! I have all these ingredients in the fridge with grandmas mashed potatoes from last night! Will make it today. 😀What would you replace the flour with to make it gluten free? A Red Mill’s gluten free flour, corn starch or arrow root?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 18, 2021

      I haven’t tested this with the gluten-free option to advise. I looked through the comments, and I’m also not seeing anyone mention trying that substitute. If you happen to experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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      • Lori
        December 23, 2021

        I used Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-free flour and the family loved it!! I’m the only one that eats GF in my family. Great Recipe!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 23, 2021

          That’s so great! Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

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  • Kathy Orr
    December 18, 2021

    I don’t eat beef or lamb. Could I substitute ground turkey? Would I need to make any other changes?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 18, 2021

      Hi Kathy, I haven’t tried it with turkey, but that may work. I’d love to know how you like it if you test this out!

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      • Jessica
        December 19, 2021

        Can i have a clue as to were the shark is ?!?!
        Great recipie!!

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  • Carol
    December 18, 2021

    Where I am from, Yorkshire in England this would be cottage pie, made with beef, shepherds pie is with lamb. Your recipe is delicious, especially the potato topping!! Thank you

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 18, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Carol! I appreciate the lovely feedback!

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    • Judy
      December 18, 2021

      One of my pet peeves has always been to call it Shepherds Pie when it should be called Cottage Pie but Natasha does explain this in her video. Thank you, Natasha!!! Also, this recipe is excellent.

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  • Jennifer
    December 17, 2021

    The best shepherds pie recipe ever!! So hearty & delicious! We couldn’t get enough!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 18, 2021

      It truly is so delicious! Thank you for your lovely review, Jennifer!

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  • Gail A Holcomb
    December 17, 2021

    I tried my best to find the shark in the video! Any hints? (Or was it you swimming across the kitchen while the pie was cooling…lol!)

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    • Natasha
      December 18, 2021

      Look at the section where I was cooling the pie down with my oven mitts (hint: background). We’re definitely having fun with this little shark. ha ha!

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  • Valentina
    December 17, 2021

    We love this delicious homemade shepherd’s pie recipe! Such a flavor-packed meal that makes for the ultimate comfort food!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      This is always a hit! I’m so glad you love Shepherd’s pie also, Valentina!

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  • Kierste
    December 17, 2021

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was great! Thank you for recipies that work!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Kierste!

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  • Tracy
    December 17, 2021

    Haven’t tried this recipe yet, but looks delicious! May try with ground lamb. Can you use canned mixed vegetables in place of the frozen ones?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      Hi Tracy, I havne’t tried this with canned vegetables, but canned vegetables may work here. I haven’t tested that myself, if you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe

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    • Cheryl Gratton
      February 20, 2022

      Hi Tracy~ I haven’t made Natasha’s version (yet!), but the shepherd’s pie I make is very similar. I use a can of drained mixed vegetables in mine, layering over the meat mixture. Works out fine!

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  • Shelagh
    December 17, 2021

    Hi, I was watching your shepards pie video. My mom and grand mother made shepards pie every Monday. Sundays always roast beef, with leftover roast, grind it up, make like yours, but no veggies, except onion. This is how I make shepards pie. When I first made for hubby, he said he didn’t want any. Just 5ry it..he loved it. Turns out his mom made with ground beef! Makes huge difference in flavor!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, Shelagh! I hope you try my version soon!

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  • Eileen Hill
    December 17, 2021

    I am a huge fan of yours so was nervous when you took on the famous Shepard’s pie. Please forgive me for intruding but you know how we Irish ( ok , it’s English) like to keep it real. Smart to use beef as a lot of people do not care for the taste of lamb. Originally developed by the shephard’s wife’s to send with him to the field so I doubt if they used wine.And peas and carrots were the only available vegetables.Chef Ramsey grates a carrot into the cooking beef in the pan and that’s good as it avoids crunchy carrots
    As usual you came out with a winner. The way you treated the potatoes was super.
    We would consider you real.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      Thank you for this thoughtful feedback, Eileen! Thank you so much for sharing this with me.

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  • linda engstrom
    December 17, 2021

    I am so going to try this! Looks amazing, love all your recipes. I make shepherds pie, but have never used red wine, or parmesan cheese in my potatoes. Will sure try it now Merry Christmas to you and your family

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      I hope you love this recipe, Linda!

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  • Tammy
    December 17, 2021

    Hi Natasha 😀
    Can I replace the red wine with more beef broth or will it not be as good?
    Have a great holiday!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      Hi Tammy, please see the section in the recipe titled “Can I substitute the wine?”

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  • wilhelmina
    December 17, 2021

    I loved this recipe! It was just absolute comfort food taken to the next level! Delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      It’s such a treat! I hope you love it, Wilhelmina!

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  • Jo L Tappenden
    December 17, 2021

    This is our favorite Shepherd’s Pie recipe. We rarely have leftovers!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 17, 2021

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

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  • Barry
    December 17, 2021

    One question for you Natasha. The filling is all cooked, the potatoes are all cooked, why do we need to bake it for half an hour instead of just browning the potatoes under the broiler?

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    • Natasha
      December 17, 2021

      Hi Barry, the flavors meld and marry in the oven and the results are tastier. It also ensures the potatoes and filling are heated evenly. If you just broiled, parts of the pie would not get heated through.

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      • Barry
        December 18, 2021

        Thanks Natasha and a Very Merry Christmas to you and your family. 🎅🏻🎄

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