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Shepherd’s Pie, A Simple & Delicious Recipe

Shepherd’s Pie is a simple and comforting dish in Fall and Winter. A bed of ground beef covered with delicious cheesy mashed potatoes. Of course, I suggest more cheese on top and broil a little in the oven!

At my house, we call it Hachi Parmentier, I would probably have called with the French name but you would be wondering what fancy French dish is that, well it is a Shepherd’s pie my dear, nothing complicated :)

 It’s a perfect purée… ok fine I’ll stop speaking French ahah!  Where was I?  Oh yes, it’s a perfect mashed potatoes with the mix of a nicely flavoured ground beef.   Garlic, onions and green onions.  Simple,  So we can taste the meat.  Really, no covering the taste, just enhancing it.

Of course, you’ll add tons of cheese on top because everybody will love it even more.

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

Individual Shepherd’s Pie or Family Size

You can present the way you would like.  I found that with young kids, they love to have their little portion in ramekins.  It make them feel grown-up to have a mini dish just for them.

The version in an oven dish works as well too.  It brings the family together around a yummy and easy dinner.  Comforting too!  I mean, have you seen that weather outside?  Don’t you want a blanket and go sit on the couch?  Go!  I’ll bring you that little baby ramekin.

I wish I could spoil you like that.   For now, I share the easy-peasy steps to the recipe.  It’s a no fail.

FREEZE IT: May I suggest to make a big batch and freeze half? You future self will thank you!

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

 As you may see, there is no peas, carrots or corn.  So not being Canadian or America, I am not too sure what a classic Shepherd’s pie would be but for sure in France, this is a hachi parmentier.

Shepherd pie hachi parmentier

Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie is a simple and comforting dish in Fall and Winter. A bed of ground beef covered with delicious cheesy mashed potatoes.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, canadian, european, French
Keyword: beef, family dish, freezer meal, ground beef, hachi parmentier, mashed potatoes, potatoes, shepherd’s pie
Servings: 6 portions
Author: Mélanie


  • For an oven dish 15-inch x 10-inch


For the meat

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tbsp green onion
  • 600 g ground beef
  • Salt to taste

For the mashed potatoes

  • 4 cups boiled potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 to 2 cup(s) grated cheddar


For the meat

  • In a hot pan, pour the olive oil, the shallot, garlic and onion. Let it become golden. Add the ground beef and crumble it as it cooks until there is no more pink. Salt to taste.
  • Set aside.

For the mashed potatoes

  • In a bowl, put the warm boiled potatoes, the milk and the butter. Mash with a potato masher. Add salt to taste.
  • In an oven dish, make a layer with half of the mashed potatoes. Make another layer with the ground beef and finally cover with the rest of the mashed potatoes.
  • Spread the grated cheddar on top.
  • Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 375F or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.


Portions: 6 to 8 portions.

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  • Reply
    jess meddows
    November 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    That layer of cheddar gives it such a delicious looking crunch to the top. And I do love the fancy French name. ;)

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      November 7, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      I know French sounds always more fancy hehe! Thanks for stopping by Jess!

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    Sarah | (Cooking for) Kiwi & Bean
    November 7, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    So I lived in Quebec for a lot of years and I vaguely recall something about “pate chinois”…does that sound right? Is that shepherd’s pie too? Lol. This looks really really good. Love cheese on top of shepherd’s pie :-).

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      November 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm

      That’s right, I do believe they have that in Quebec Sarah but they add peas and corn, which is a good idea actually to have some color.

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    Kristy @ she eats
    November 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    My mom always makes shepherds pie. and it’s divine. or it was divine until I realized – and was politely informed by my oh so eloquent English bf – that it wasn’t shepherds pie. in his words (he does have a PhD mind you) … “what you’re eating is efing cottage pie. Shepherds pie efing has efing lamb, not beef. ef”. I was stunned. stunned that my mother had led her little lamb so astray but also at his vehemence as to the ingredients that go into a pie. the only time he gets that riled up is when I try to mimic his accent. which I just did. REGARDLESS …. we don’t care. you and me are good. not as good as this pie looks though. I’ve always wanted to try it with cheese. you make this for me, yes?

    honoured to be a part of FBC with you my love!

    • Reply
      November 10, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      I would love to make some for you Kristy :) Ahah too funny about your boyfriend, he should know that the sky is the limit in the kitchen :) You and I are definitely good! Take care!

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    November 11, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Now of course this is a British classic … but believe it or not I’ve never made my own. I know, scandalous! I also had no idea there was a French version! Thanks for this, Melanie!

    • Reply
      November 11, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Wow Helen, you have to make it, it is easy and it freezes well too. Thanks for stopping by :)

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    November 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Love Shepards Pie – total comfort food for us! We always add peas to ours and sometimes sweet potatoe puree instead of white potatoes!

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    Jess @
    November 16, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    My favourite dish! Have grown up eating Shepard’s Pie! Love the cheese, my Mum always puts Cheddar on and it’s always so delicious when it’s gets all melty and crispy! Love the French name- haha! :D

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