Originally Posted by Constance
She made a fabulous looking shepherd's pie with the mashed potatoes on the bottom, topped with a layer of leftover roast beef and gravy, peas and carrots, and then a layer of bisquit batter over the top. She used baking mix, and made the batter about the thickness of pancake batter, then poured melted butter over the top.]
That does sound good, but its not Shepard's Pie!
Shepard's pie the meat must be lamb or mutton, beef in it makes it Cottage Pie. A small difference but an important one!
I have to say, that variatios on a theme are lovely, but "proper" shepard's or cottage pie is a great meal. As a cheat's improvement that I used to use on fussy eaters when I was an au pair I used to put a layer of baked beans between the meat and the mash. The meat I crammed full of hidden veg...finely diced carrot and celery, onion and even finely chopped green beans, whatever I could hide in there I did! One kid really liked it when I melted chedder or emental cheese into the baked bean layer.
My favourite variation is my sister's, a middle eastern interpretation, lighter and more summery. Some raisins and gentle spice (cinnamon, tuneric etc) with the lamb and then instead of potato she mashes chick peas and celeriac togather and sprinkles pine nuts on the top.