You say Cottage, I say Shepherd’s Pie

So I started a debate on a food related site regarding the difference between Cottage and Shepherd’s pie. When the dust settled, many agreed that to be a true Shepherd’s Pie, it requires lamb vs beef. I just call this recipe delicious, stick your face in the plate and lick it clean, cheesy overload, goodness.

I had no leftovers…it’s just the three of us.

Shepherd's Pie pic

Cottage/Shepherd’s Pie

1 lb lean ground beef
3 cloves garlic
1/4 chopped yellow onion
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons ketchup/catsup
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce (or more to taste)
1 small jar beef gravy
2 cups frozen mixed veggies (peas, carrots, corn, green beans)
4-6 servings if using instant or 2-3 cups if using homemade mashed potatoes
1/2 cup sour cream
2 Tablespoons melted butter
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby jack
Salt and pepper to taste.

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Quickie Ground Chicken Empanadas


Empanadas are a staple in the Hispanic culture and I’ve noticed others have their own version of a stuffed mini pie. It’s hard to resist a little baked pie filled with a  whole lot of goodness!

Follows my ‘Semi Home Made” version of empanadas. You can substitute pie crust dough if you have the time and inclination. I used canned biscuits this time. The beauty of this recipe is you can customize the filling, the dough, all of it!

Chicken Empanadas

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