Shepherd’s Pie Recipe


Having good friends close by makes all the difference when living away from family when you have a little bub to look after. I am really blessed to have met my friend Michelle last year at the Qld Garden Expo. Michelle also has a bub – Alice who is two and a half months older than Isla. I am sure they are going to be best of friends. Blake is the eldest and is four and he loves to come visit our farm and apparently approves of my shepherds pie. It’s a good tester for me to see what a four year old will eat. Meat and spuds are a winner. He did not even see the hidden mushrooms or carrots, lucky I held the peas.

Michelle and I often catch up over good food, she is a fabulous cook and a thermomix wiz. We share our weekly updates of how our bubs are growing and offer support and encouragement. With Roy away half the time I am lucky to be able to debrief with someone who is going through what I am at the same time. It’s brilliant.

Do you have close friends close by so you can call on when you need a hand?

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe @ Strayed from the Table strayedtable-2214

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe
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Recipe type: classic
Serves: 8
  • 1 lge onion, diced
  • 1 lge celery stalk, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 kg Beef Mince
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ red wine
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp of finely chopped herbs; thyme, parsley, rosemary
  • 700g potatoes, diced large
  • ½ cup of butter
  • ½ cup of milk
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Heat your oven to 180’c
  2. In a large saucepan heat a little olive oil over a medium heat. Fry off the onions and garlic till fragrant and the onions have softened. Add the celery, carrot and give a quick stir before adding the mince. Continue to stir the mince until it has all changed colour.
  3. Add the bay leaves, tomato paste and red wine to the mixture and allow to cook for 10 minutes. In the meantime prepare the cornflour in a small cup with 1 tbsp of water and stir. Pour the cornflour mixture into the mince and stir through and continue to cook for a further five minutes. Add the vinegar and herbs. Pour the mixture into a large ceramic dish squashing down so it is flat.
  4. To make the mash boil up your potatoes for 15 minutes and then drain. Add the butter and mash with a potato masher. Slowly add the milk to the mixture – feel free to add more milk if you like your mash super creamy. Season with salt. Spread the potato mash over the top of the mince and using a fork make a swirl pattern on top.
  5. Place a few knobs of butter on top of the pie and place it in the oven to cook for 40 minutes or until golden on top. Serve the shepherd’s pie with your choice of veggies.

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe @ Strayed from the Table


  1. What a lovely story about meeting someone who is of similar circumstances as you are. It’s of great value to have a friend like that and little playmates for the little news as well. Your pie looks good and something I haven’t ever served my kids but might have to put it on the menu. Have a good week I’m sure your veggies are enjoying this rain. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane

  2. Ps… by the way not sure if you know that when you are doing your mashed potato if you heat the milk (I do this in this in the microwave) your mashed potato will be so much creamier. I got that off a cooking show years ago and it makes a difference. Kathy

  3. That looks wonderful! Nothing like a classic recipe :)

  4. I’m so glad you have a close friend nearby to help out. :-) I have one of those too, my friend Ann. She’s always available to help me with butchering, gardening, cooking, and I love working with her on her projects too. :-)

  5. Shepards pie is always comforting and yes perfect food for 4 year olds. Glad you have someone to share things with

  6. I met someone through my blog who lives a similar lifestyle as we do and like us is in their 30’s with no children. It is great to have some one you can really connect with and bounce ideas off. We do not live that close but keep in contact and meet up every few weeks.

  7. Oh Yum! we had shepherds pie tonight too, but mine was all sloppy and did not look as good as yours. Yes its great to have good friends nearby, we also have no family here, so our friends are a fantastic support. I am sad to be leaving them when we move later this year :(

  8. Yep, shepherds pie is a winner with my kids too – they’re three and five. My five year old will only eat potatoes if they’re mashed and she loves meat, so this one really works.

  9. Julie's garden blog

    Now that is what I call a Shepherd’s Pie. Looks delish.

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