Think about biting into a thick layer of mashed potatoes, reaching a cheesy gooey middle and then having a burst of beefy goodness to finish off! That’s shepherd’s pie. Also known as cottage pie, shepherd’s pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potatoes. Just thinking of it makes me drool. When you’re doing a taste test during the cooking phase, you’ll find it incredibly hard to stop yourself from gobbling down the beef mixture. I know I always do.
This is another one of my comfort foods. I learned this great recipe from a friend from Cambridge, UK. He hosted a dinner party and this treat was the entree. One bite, and I was in love. I snooped around his kitchen trying to figure out his recipe but he was pretty cool sharing it with me. He gave me a quick tour of the basic ingredients, then confided his special ingredient to me: Bovril.
I grew up with Bovril and it’s one of things that drive people crazy. The lure of Bovril is like peanut butter, once you’ve discovered it, you can’t do without. I used to have to hide it back home or my brother would finish it up and leave nothing for cooking. I don’t really blame him; it’s beefy heaven. I love extra beefiness in anything and this pie really gets to showcase it. You can find Bovril in British specialty shops. If, and only if you can’t find Bovril, a decent substitute is Marmite. The taste is not the same but you will still get that extra oomph.