My first introduction to shepherd’s pie was in the lunch line at my high school cafeteria. That was many more moons ago than I’d care to share. But, not so long ago that I don’t still remember. I’d never heard of it before and had no idea what it was. All I knew was that it was some kind of meat covered with mounds of mashed potatoes. That was enough for me to give it a try. And, I liked it, which was more than I can say about the rest of the so called food they served in that cafeteria. It may have been mystery meat, but it was pretty darn tasty mystery meat.
I never thought much about shepherd’s pie after high school, and spent many years contentedly living my life without it. It wasn’t until about four years ago, when I found myself in Scotland, that shepherd’s pie and I were reacquainted – and became BFFs.
The exact origin of shepherd’s pie is a bit sketchy. By some accounts, it is a British dish. By others, it’s an Irish one. Still others, swear that the dish’s roots are Scottish. The only thing that most will agree on is that it came from somewhere over the pond. I say, who cares? I’ve enjoyed it in all three countries and have never tasted a version that I didn’t love. read more >>