Cottage pie

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Cottage pie
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An example of cottage pie, made with minced beef
Alternative name(s) Shepherd's pie
Place of origin UK, Ireland
Main ingredient(s) mashed potatoes
Variations Cumberland pie, Shepherdess pie

Cottage pie or shepherd's pie is a meat pie with a crust of mashed potato.[1][2][3][4][5] Recently, there has been a tendency for cottage pie to be made from minced beef, and shepherd's pie to be made from minced lamb, although historically there was no such differentiation.

Etymology[edit]

The term cottage pie is known to have been in use in 1791,[2][6][7] when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers).

History[edit]

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.[8][9]

The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until 1877,[2] and since then it has been used synonymously with "cottage pie", regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton.[1][4][7][8][9][10][11] More recently, the term "shepherd's pie" has been used when the meat is lamb,[12][13] the theory being that shepherds are concerned with sheep[14] and not cattle[15][16][17] (see folk etymology).

Variations[edit]

  • A St. Stephen's Day pie is made using turkey and ham.[18]
  • The Cumberland pie is a version with a layer of breadcrumb on top.[19]
  • A similar English dish made with fish is a fish pie.
  • A vegetarian version (occasionally named "Shepherdless Pie") can be made using soya or other meat substitutes (like tofu or Quorn), or legumes such as lentils or chickpeas.
  • In Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Nicaragua and Uruguay, a similar dish is called "pastel de papa" (potato pie) or pastel de carne (meat pie).
  • In the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico 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 France, a similar dish is called hachis Parmentier.
  • In Jordan, Syria and Lebanon a similar dish is referred to as "Siniyet Batata" (literally meaning a plate of potatoes), or "Kibbet Batata".
  • In Quebec, a similar dish is called pâté chinois (literally, "Chinese pie"). In English-speaking Canada, the traditional British Shepherd's pie prevails.
  • In Russia, a similar dish is called "Картофельная запеканка" (Kartofel'naya zapekanka, or "potato baked pudding").
  • In Portugal a similar dish is called "Empadão", with two layers of mashed potatoes and a layer of minced beef in between.
  • In the Low Countries, a similar dish is called "Filosoof".
  • In Finland, a similar dish is called "lihaperunasoselaatikko", with the mince (e.g. mix of pork/beef) mixed thoroughly with the potato mash.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 1933
  2. ^ a b c Merriam-Webster Online
  3. ^ "The Chambers Dictionary", Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 1999
  4. ^ a b Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (Revised), Oxford University Press, 2006
  5. ^ "Jewish Cookery by Florence Greenberg", Penguin Books Ltd, 1947–1963
  6. ^ An A to Z of Food and Drink by John Ayto, published by Oxford University Press, 2002
  7. ^ a b The Glutton's Glossary: A Dictionary of Food and Drink Terms. Routledge. 1990. Retrieved 20 January 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton, 1861.
  9. ^ a b Cassell's New Universal Cookery Book by Lizzie Heritage published by Cassell and Company, 1894
  10. ^ The Constance Spry Cookery Book by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume, J M Dent & Sons, 1956
  11. ^ Chambers Dictionary, Ninth Edition, published by Chambers Harrap Publishing Ltd, 2003
  12. ^ "Delia Smith: Shepherds Pie with Crusted Leeks". Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  13. ^ "BBC Food Recipes: Shepherd's Pie". Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "Shepherds' Pie and Cottage Pie". Retrieved 24 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "Comments on what kind of lamb for Shepherd's Pie". Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  16. ^ "Comments on Low Fat Shepherd's Pie recipe". Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  17. ^ "BBC Food Recipes: Classic cottage pie". Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  18. ^ St Stephen's Day pie
  19. ^ "What is Cumberland Pie?". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 

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