Sonntag, 1. Mai 2011

Cottage pie

Cottage pie refers to a British or Irish meat pie made with beef mince and with a crust made from mashed potato. A variation on this dish is known as shepherd's pie.
The term cottage pie is known to have been in use in 1791,[1][2] when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers).
In early cookery books, the dish was a means of using leftover roasted meat of any kind, and the pie dish was lined with mashed potato as well as having a mashed potato crust on top.[3][4]
The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until the 1870s,[2] and since then it has been used synonymously with "cottage pie", regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton.There is now a popular tendency for "shepherd's pie" to be used when the meat is mutton or lamb,[9] with the suggested origin being that shepherds are concerned with sheep[10] and not cattle,[11][12] This may, however, be an example of folk etymology.


  • Though in modern day recipes it is considered standard to use mashed potato as a topping, traditionally it was served with slices of potato layered over the meat filling which, when cooked, looked like the tiles of a cottage roof. This is thought to be how the dish got its name.[citation needed]
  • A similar British dish made with fish is a fish pie.
  • In Australia, the dish is often made with left-over roast lamb.[14]
  • In English-speaking Canada, the dish is referred to as shepherd's pie, even with a beef filling.
  • In Argentina and Chile a similar dish is called "pastel de papa (potato pie).
  • In the Dominican Republic this is called pastelón de papa (potato casserole), it has a layer of potatoes, one or two of meat, and another of potatoes, topped with a layer of cheese.
  • In Ireland the dish is commonly called shepherd's pie even when containing beef.
  • In Jordan, Syria and Lebanon a similar dish is referred to as "Siniyet Batata" (literally meaning a plate of potatoes), or "Kibbet Batata".


  1. Also one of my favorite foods, great blog

  2. I love how this blog has food from all over the world, and I like the traditions part. Keep it up.

  3. Oh wow, this looks awesome. I've never seen anything like it.