Traditional Shepherd’s Pie (recipe from Outlander Kitchen cookbook)

We did it! We spent two amazing weeks in Scotland, Ireland and Italy. Even though two of the three countries primary language was English, the culture shock was still there. I’m writing this post to share with you my favorite meals in each country. As they say in Ireland, “Sláinte”, or cheers! Here’s the book I purchased and adore – Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook

Shepherd's Pie

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Serves: 6 or more Cooking Time: 1 hour


  • 2 pounds ground lamb, beef or turkey (for a healthier option)
  • 2 1/2 pounds yellow, potatoes, peeling and cut
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 large carrots or medium parsnips, grated
  • 6 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 6 T butter
  • 1 T minced fresh rosemary
  • 2 T minced fresh thyme
  • 2 T tomato paste
  • 1 T worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1 cup brown beef or chicken stock



Move rack to middle and heat oven to 425°


In a large sauce pan, add meat, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook until browned


Add onions, carrots, garlic and mushrooms, 5-7 minutes. Drain out excess fat


Add tomato paste, stir for one minute. Add red wine, reduce for 2 minutes


Add stock and Worcestershire sauce, simmer 15 minutes


In a separate large pot, add 2 inches of water, place potatoes in large pot


Over medium-high hear, cover and bring to boil


Reduce to medium and steam for 30 minutes, drain


Mash, add butter and egg yolk, until smooth


Add 1/2 Parmesan cheese and mix well


Spoon the meat mixture into baking dish (2 quarts), spoon potatoes over meat, sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese


Bake 30 minutes, or until top is golden.


Recipe adapted from Book: Outlander Kitchen


This is the most authenitic recipe I stumbled across. After traveling, I ordered this book by Theresa Carle-Sanders, in hopes to bring to the US the fantastic foods I ate abroad.


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