This peasant dish is one of those prolific dishes where a few shifts of ingredients turns each version into a unique, savory experience. The term shepherd's pie appeared in 1854 in reference to the cottage pie, ground minced meat pie with a topping of mashed potato. In the UK the term shepherd's pie is used only when the meat is lamb. Since I’m not in Britain, I’m going to tell you what I did with it.


Serves 4-6

Preparation time: 45 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour


Lamb & Turkey mix 1 lb

A knob of butter

Olive oil 4 spoons

Onion (chopped) 1 cup

Habanero pepper (chopped) 1/2 cup

Green pepper (chopped) 1/2 cup

Raisins (chopped)1/4 cup

White wine 1/2 cup

Cauliflower rice 1/2 cup

Garbanzo beans 1 can

Cilantro (Fuck you, Ina Garten)1/2 cup chopped

Salt + Pepper

Oregano 1/2 spoon

Bay leaf 1

Sazón Goya with coriander and annanato 1 Pkg

Potato Topping Ingredients:

Russet potatoes 1 lb

Butter 1/4 cup

Whipped egg 1

Whipping cream 1/2 cup

Parmesan cheese (shredded) 1/4 cup

Salt + pepper


Remove the lamb/turkey from the fridge 30 minutes before cooking to get it to room temperature. Heat the butter on an iron skillet.

Brown meat. Move to one side of skillet.

Cook onions, peppers, raisins on the other skillet side for 10-15 minutes until soft.

Deglaze with wine.

Add cauliflower rice, mix and cook

Mix with meat, salt + pepper, sazón, cook 10 min

Add garbanzo, cilantro, oregano, bay leaf

Chop with spatula stirring occasionally, cook for 10 minutes medium high.

Compress, mix against the pan and set aside.


Mash peeled potatoes and mix with butter, whipping cream, salt+pepper, parmesan cheese and egg.

Top mixture with potato

Bake for 45-60 minutes or until top of pie is brown.

Get ahead / You can prep the pie in advance and keep it well wrapped in the fridge.

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Wilfred Santiago | May 26th, 2019