Servings: 8 to 10
In this classic British staple, red wine adds a deep mellow richness to a hearty beef filling. The creamy mashed potato topping, seasoned with sour cream and Parmigiano, is brightened with peas, but they can be omitted from the topping and added to the filling. This recipe also will make four generous individual pies or five slightly smaller pies.
The filling should be thoroughly cooled before adding it to the pie shells so that the heat of the filling doesn’t melt the butter in thepastry before the crust has a chance to set in the oven.
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I made this for dinner today. My Mom saw the recipe in the magazine and I agreed to give it a try for her.
I misread the butter/shorting ratio in the pastry recipe and used equal amounts of butter and shortening. It was still an excellent pie crust. I think it just might be the best I have ever made.
Regarding the filling, I found it too sweet and not really "beefy".
I too was confused by the peas. I just put them on top of the filling in the shell and then layered the hot potatoes on top. I didn't even bother to cook them. I figured they would cook in the oven and they did.
I will probably make this again, but, next time I'm leaving out the brown sugar.
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I will be trying this recipe tonight but have one small compaint to the editors and proof readers of the magizine. In your photo there is no sign of any peas having been mashed into the potatoes and, in the meat mixture showing between the pie crust and the potato topping peas are clearly visible. Not a big deal but for me a minor irritation. Do they go in the meat mixture or in the potato mash?
I also agree with the above review, this would be Cottage Pie as Shepards Pie would normally contain lamb.
Wonderful but not Shepherd's Pie; that would contain lamb. This is Cottage Pie -- made with beef and delicious. Just sayin' ...
So delicious! Perfect comfort food. I have always used corn starch in my pot pie but the flour worked beautifully. I added the peas to the filling
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