Shepherd’s Pie – A Comfort Food Dish with a History Part I


Shepherd’s Pie is known around the world, though possibly in many different forms. Traditions are changed over the years and modernized to accommodate the ever changing times and tastes people have. Shepherd’s Pie, also known by some as Cottage Pie, is believed to have originated in Scotland, Ireland, and other Northern England areas and regions, dating as far back as the middle ages. It is a savory pie, generally made by frugal homemakers for their families as a dish that included the essential variations that were known to have made up a nutritional meal, such as a meat, potatoes, and a vegetable. The name Shepherd’s Pie originated from the availability of lambs’ meat in that region and that a Shepherd’s primary job is to simply stand guard over the flocks of sheep.