• Preparation
    15 min
  • Cook Time
    1 hr and 10 min
  • Serves
  • Difficulty

Behind the Recipe

I Guess You Could Call Me an “Anglophile.”

My Union Jack tattoo, my Monty Python box set, and my ride-or-die attitude towards a certain grocery store tea brand – all part of a heart stranded on the wrong side of the Atlantic.

Most nights you can find me heating up frozen fish sticks after a violin gig at this little British pub in Southern Oregon. Last night though, I was craving something real. There’s nothing more authentic than a classic shepherd’s pie, or more comforting than the scent of grilled beef on a cold day. So I thumbed through Nanna’s cookbook, pulled out my trusty cast iron, and invited a few musician friends over for a proper sit down meal.

All night, my guests kept toasting me in their worst cockney accent. It was a riot, and exactly what I needed.



  • For beef mixture

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/4 lb ground beef lean
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1.9 oz onion soup mix
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 cups frozen veggies: peas, carrots, green beans and corn

  • For potato mixture

  • 6 large potatoes peeled and cut into cubes
  • 4 tbsp butter softened
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp parsley fresh, for garnish


  • Boil the potatoes for around 15 minutes or until they are soft.
  • Drain and place in large bowl.
  • Add in butter and mash until smooth.
  • Add in milk, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, and mash again.
  • After meat mixture has been cooked as instructed below, cover it with your finished mashed potatoes.
  • If you wanna get really fancy, smooth it on with a spoon, then take a fork to add some texture.

Cooking Instructions

  1. 1

    Preheat the grill to 350 degrees.

  2. 2

    While the potatoes are boiling, place a skillet on the grill and add oil.

  3. 3

    Add the ground beef to the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking the meat up as it cooks.

  4. 4

    Add in the garlic and the onion, and cook another 3 minutes. The onion should become clear and limp.

  5. 5

    Add the pepper flakes, the Worcester sauce, the onion soup mix, and the beef broth. Stir thoroughly.

  6. 6

    Stir in frozen veggies and cook for a few more minutes, then take off heat and set aside.

  7. 7

    Follow instructions above for potato mixture.

  8. 8

    Place constructed pie back on the grill and cook for 40 minutes or until golden brown on top.

  9. 9

    Garnish your shepherd’s pie with parsley and serve.

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