|Place of origin||United Kingdom|
|Variations||Cumberland pie, Shepherdess pie|
|Media: Shepherd's pie|
In the US, the dish can vary widely, whether as a home recipe or a standard menu item in an Irish pub. The common ingredients are ground meat (usually lamb), mixed with 1 or 2 vegetables, and topped with potatoes. The meat and vegetables sometimes include chopped onion and may be cooked in gravy, tomato sauce or tomato paste. Some recipes say to sprinkle grated cheese on the mashed potatoes.
The term cottage pie was in use by 1791, when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers). The term shepherd's pie did not appear until 1854, and since then it is sometimes used synonymously with cottage pie, regardless of whether the principal ingredient is beef or mutton. In the United Kingdom, the term shepherd's pie is typically used when the meat is lamb.
- The Shepherdess pie is a variation made without meat (vegetarian) and sometimes without dairy (vegan).
- The Cumberland pie is a version with a layer of breadcrumbs on top.
- A St. Stephen's Day pie is made using turkey and ham.
- A fish pie is a similar English dish.
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