For centuries, savory cottage pie and shepherd’s pie have been enjoyed as simple and frugal, yet flavorful and hearty comfort food that fills the belly, while warming the heart.
Not to be a culinary nerd, but technically speaking, there is a difference between “cottage pie” and “shepherd’s pie” … it’s all about the meat … Shepherd’s pie is made with lamb, whereas cottage pie is made with beef.
Of course, I have no idea what to call it if you opt to make cottage pie with ground turkey instead? (Which just so happens to be a personal favorite around here.) Technicalities aside, this is definitely a savory, hearty dish that comes together easily (especially if you have leftover mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes on hand).
This one bowl meal makes it easy to enjoy while sitting cross-legged on the floor next to the fireplace. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from dinner at the table and instead enjoy a rustic meal gathered around a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night!