Mashed potato lovers unite. There are fewer dishes more comforting, more scrumptious and easier to make than shepherd’s pie. Shepherd’s pie is one of those nursery food stand-by’s, equally at home in a large, “feed-the-forces” baking dish as in more elegant (and practical) individual casseroles (I love the Emile Henri miniature oven dishes – they’re the perfect size for these and they’re available in so many cheerful colors — they also go straight from freezer to oven without any trouble!).
Shepherd’s pie is also the perfect solution to leftovers – even now, after a family dinner, my mother will use the leftovers to make and freeze a batch of these the next day. If you haven’t got leftovers, you can still make these from scratch just as easily. Try serving them with a carrot soup starter and a side of green vegetables for a simple, tasty and oh so fulfilling weeknight dinner with friends. Follow with a warm bread pudding or a treacle tart – now that’s comfort.