We’ve been asked a lot lately about our Granny’s Shepherds Pie. What is it? Why is it made with beef instead of lamb? What’s the difference between shepherds pie and cottage pie?

Traditional shepherds pie is a meat pie made with ground lamb or mutton (hence “shepherds”) with a mashed potato  crust. Cottage pie is the same thing, but made with ground beef. Since we grew up eating the BEST shepherds pie (made by our granny, of course), we serve it like she does. Our Granny’s Shepherds Pie is made with ground beef and vegetables, topped with a rich gravy and mashed potatoes, and then baked until golden brown. We also serve it with your choice of a side soup or salad.  If you want the full family experience be sure to ask for it with a fried egg on top!  Trust us, it is out of control and a secret of our mothers.

Pair it with a 20-ounce pint of Guinness, and you have the perfect meal for fall.