The difference – Shepherd Pie VS Cottage Pie

 

Lets start with a fairly well-known one: there is a difference between “Cottage Pie and “Shepherds Pie, and its in the meat. Shepherds pie should only be named as such if it contains lamb, and “Cottage usually applies to one made with beef.

Homemade Shepherd’s Pie

The name “Cottage was applied to this kind of meat pie around the time potatoes were being introduced in the UK, because they were an affordable for thing for peasants, many of whom would live in cottages, to eat. It seems a bit convoluted but hey, were always an odd bunch with our etymology.

The term “Cottage Pie predates “Shepherds by nearly a century,  but each was used synonymous with the other for a long time.

The Chilean version of “Pastel de Papa, a dish similar to shepherds pie eaten in many parts of the world, also contains hard-boiled eggs, raisins and black olives.

The same dish in France is named hachis Parmentier, after the Frenchman who convinced his country to eat potatoes. Hachis, which takes its root from the English word hatchet, means a dish containing chopped or minced ingredients.

According to the Oxford Companion to Food, once upon a time, Scotland made its shepherds pies with pastry instead of mashed potatoes.

Indian cooks once considered shepherds pie to be a perfect dish for tiffin (a word used to mean a light snack in British India).

Many Vegetarians and Vegans call a meat-free version a shepherd-less pie. Topping the potato crust with breadcrumbs actually turns your dish into a Cumberland Pie.

Although variations of this dish crop up throughout history, no name for it came into use until the introduction of the mincing machine. Before that, the meat would have to be chopped by hand, or made from leftovers.

 

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