Shepherds Pie Recipe


Shepherds Pie Recipe makes a delicious, old fashioned, easy casserole dish of ground chuck beef, sour cream, vegetables, Hickory Smoke flavoring and gravy with shredded cheddar cheese.

It can be assembled one day, refrigerated and heated the next day, for a quick and easy meal.

This recipe first appeared in print in 1896. It is believed that it started as a frugal way to utilize leftovers.

Nowadays, many meals are planned with exact servings, leaving few leftovers.

Add one of our delicious Salads to complete your meal.

Shepherds Pie

  • 4 cups (hot) thick mashed potatoes (takes about 4-5 large)
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sour cream, divided
  • 1 1/2 lb. lean ground beef (ground chuck is best)
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon liquid Hickory Smoked flavoring
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth (homemade or canned)
  • 2 15.5 oz. cans mixed vegetables*, drained
  • 1 cup shredded or grated cheddar cheese

Place hot potatoes in mixing bowl. Add butter and salt. Beat on high heat until butter has melted and potatoes are light.

Beat in 1/2 cup sour cream. Set aside.

While potatoes are still cooking, place ground beef and chopped onion in a cold skillet.

Turn heat to low and cook until enough fat is rendered from beef to prevent it from sticking to pan.

Turn heat to medium and cook while stirring until meat in no longer pink inside.

Stir in liquid smoke. Sprinkle flour over top of meat and mix in well.



Slowly add beef broth while stirring and cook until there are no lumps remaining and gravy is very thick.

Remove from heat and stir in other 1/2 cup sour cream.

Place drained vegetables in a layer on the bottom of a 3 quart casserole dish or other type oven pan. 

Smooth evenly with back of spoon.

Spoon in the ground beef mixture for a second layer and smooth it over with your spoon.

Top all with the beef mixture and then the seasoned mashed potatoes, sealing around edges. This will help excess liquid from overflowing.

Sprinkle grated or shredded cheddar cheese over top.

Bake in a 400F. preheated oven for 40-45 minutes until mixture is thoroughly hot and cheese has melted.(Be sure your chosen baking pan is 400F. safe.)

Some folks prefer to brown their cheese.

However, I find when it gets browned it also gets a little tough.

It is your call as to how brown you want your cheese. However, I suggest you watch the casserole very carefully when browning.

Remove dish from oven and let cool for 20 minutes before serving because the potatoes will be extremely hot.

This Shepherds Pie Recipe is a complete meal, but if you prefer a simple salad, lettuce or spinach leaves topped with tomatoes and your favorite dressing is makes a nice meal.



*Some mixed vegetables contain cubed potatoes.

If you don't care for additional (double) potatoes, choose a mixed vegetable without them.

Or substitute one can of whole kernel corn and one can of green peas or another cooked vegetable of your choice.

I hope you enjoy this very Old Fashioned Recipe.

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