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Shepherd’s Pie Gordon Ramsay Style – REVISITED

Gordon Ramsey Shepherds Pie Recipe 6

Gordon Ramsey Shepherds Pie Recipe 6

Yesterday, I decided to make us some Shepherd’s Pie to begin celebrating our St. Patrick’s Day Week. Yes it’s a big deal in this Irish/Italian household. So I decided to go back and look up my go-to Gordon Ramsay Shepherd’s Pie recipe, to begin cooking. I’m glad I did, because it was due for a much needed overhaul!

I’ve officially come up on my one year anniversary of starting this blog, and I figured it was only fair to revamp some of my beginning posts, because I’ll be honest with you, I hadn’t a clue to what I was doing, and after following the initial recipe and seeing the photos, I figured it was worth giving it a little face lift.

This Shepherd’s Pie recipe is inspired by the defacto Shepherd’s Pie made by Gordon Ramsay. Made similar the way Chef Ramsay makes his in technique, but with some slight variances, that has really been a hit in our home for years now. Every time we eat this Shepherd’s Pie, it just hits the spot. Ultimate comfort food!

Let’s just appreciate that beautiful potato topping right there. BEAUTIFUL golden brown tips and the texture is amazing, it has a little crunch on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside, almost like a twice baked potato. It almost makes me feel bad for what I had to do next.

Sure, this rustic dish, definitely isn’t the pretties thing to look at, but what it lacks for in fancy looks, it makes up for with bold flavors. the Worcestershire, red wine and fresh herbs come out brilliantly in the ground beef mince.

Cooking Tips

Lamb or Beef?

Technically, the way I prepared this makes it a Cottage Pie, since I like to use ground beef. A true Shepherd’s Pie uses ground lamb, but depending on cost and personal taste you make want to go with beef!

The Potatoes

I like to make more than less when it comes to the potatoes for this Shepherd’s Pie recipe. Potatoes are cheap, and depending on the type of pan you’re baking it in, or how much potatoes you like, it can get a little tricky trying to eyeball the right amount to put on top of the mince. So when in doubt, peel another potato and add it to to pot!

Enough talk. More rock

On To The Recipe!

Gordon Ramsey Shepherds Pie Recipe 6

Shepherd's Pie Gordon Ramsay Style - REVISITED

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 people
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs ground lamb Ground beef substituted is fine
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 1 large carrot
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup red wine get a bottle that is cheap and dry enough to cook with, but good enough to drink the rest.
  • 6 oz tomato paste

Potato Mash

  • 6 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 8 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 whole egg yolks
  • 5 oz fresh grated parmesan
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic optional
  • 2 tsp salt not needed if using garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Peel and chop your potatoes into about 1 inch cubes; P
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  • Throw them in a pot and fill water till it's about 2 inches higher than your potatoes and bring the water to a boil; about 20-30 minutes.
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  • In a cast iron skillet on medium heat, begin browning your meat
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  • While the meat is browning, mince the thyme and rosemary and garlic. Preheat your oven at 425 at this point as well.
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  • Once your meat is browned (about 5 minutes or so) drain as much juice as possible. The key to a good Shepherd's pie is keeping the grease down to a minimum. Grate your onion and carrot into the mince. and stir and cook on medium for about 2 minutes.
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  • Stir in your tomato paste, garlic, Worcestershire sauce; about 1 minute.
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  • Add red wine, fresh thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Let this cook down for about 2 minutes.
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  • Add the chicken stock and let this cook down for about 15 minutes. You should have reduced the volume by about 50 percent(ish)
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  • While the mince is cooking down, your potatoes should be ready. Check with a fork, it should easily go through without any resistance. Drain and place in a bowl.
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  • Mash the potatoes, then add egg, butter. Add milk in about 1/4 cup at a time until its at the right consistency.
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  • Mix in about 4 oz of freshly grated Parmesan, granulated garlic, salt and pepper
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  • You should have a super thick potato mash. This is important because it helps with spreading, and will make for a better pie. Note: If i know the whole batch is going in 1 meal i'll keep this in a cast iron skillet. It looks a lot more authentic to me in a skillet.
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  • With a spatula, spread the potato mash evenly across the skillet covering all your mince. Then, with a fork, fluff the top of the potatoes, and top with the remaining Parmesan. This will give you golden brown bits on top!
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  • Bake for about 15 minute, or until the mash is a beautiful golden brown. Enjoy!
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Derek Campanile
Derek Campanile
I'm an IT professional by day. Home cook for the family by night. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table!


  1. Megan Marlowe says:

    Oh, I love a good Shepar’s Pie. Down right comfort food if you ask me. This looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Karyn Ryan says:

    I just bought some Lamb Mince to-day for Shepards Pie on Friday!!! Can’t wait to give your recipe a try.. great photos as well

  3. Cindy DG says:

    Your pictures are SPOT on! You had me at gordon ramsay 🙂

  4. I could so do with a huge bowl of this luxurious shepards pie.

  5. AmandaChewTown says:

    Cottage pie, shepherds pie… either way it looks delicious and I’m personally a love of adapting Gordon’s recipes, they are always delicious!

  6. Karen Hammer Melman says:

    That looks so good! I definitely am going to have to try this. Thanks again for your wonderful recipes. And enjoy the sunny weather ????

  7. Teddy says:

    What size skillet did you use for this recipe?

  8. Bianca says:

    I just made this recipe but the potatoes came out more soupy than thick. Also, I couldn’t figure out where the melted butter gets added in for the mashed potatoes. It lists it as an ingredient but it’s not mentioned in the instructions. I’ve read it over multiple times unless I’ve missed it!

    • Hi Bianca! So sorry about the confusion on the potatoes. I’ve corrected the recipe directions so that doesn’t happen again, the butter should have been added along with the milk and egg.

      If you have instant potato on hand, I’ve found that’s a good trick to thicken it back up.

  9. Melissa Petrick says:

    I don’t have my cast iron skillet anymore 🙁
    I am really hoping it will turn out if I use a baking dish! I love love love this recipe.

    • Hi Melissa, it definitely will! The instructions would be the same, just cook the meat filling in a pan, then move it to a baking dish, then top with the potatoes and throw it in the oven.

  10. Anthony Berry says:

    How can you claim that this is American cuisine? Most of your references are from English cookbooks, some written before the US was colonized (by English people).
    I am racking my brains for American recipes that have made it over the pond. Yes, there are a few; but, I think, the traffic has mostly been in the opposite direction.
    BTW, nicely presented recipe.

    • I’m guessing I didn’t know that was clicked? Thanks for the catch I’ve updated the recipe card!

      • Anthony Berry says:

        Good man.
        We English have the undeserved reputation for having one of the worst cuisines in the world. Not true.
        I live in Germany – you should try the food here. Some very good haute cuisine but a daily diet of pork, potatoes and cabbage is not too exciting. The bread, however, is spectacular. Also some true gems on the wine front. The greatest secret is some of their red wines. Gone are the days of the sickly, sweet Liebfraumilch. Thank goodness.

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