Shepards pie,where did it get its name?

Question:Where did shepards pie get its name? Why is it called shepards pie, there are no body parts in it.

Answers:
Difficult one. You just can't get the shepherds these days. As for cottage pie, the price of cottages makes it impossibly expensive. So, it's back to pizza!
its what shepards wives would cook for them
Because it made with lamb,cottage pie is made with beef.
and what about a ploughmans lunch,,,
Shepherd's Pie is called so because it is made with minced lamb. (cottage pie is minced beef, folks)
i really dont want to think about it :)) jokin`
Shepherd's Pie is made using Lamb - hence the name 'Shepherd's Pie' - probably the easiest and cheapest meal they could get their hands on!!
Clearly not from you. The dish is called Shepherd's pie
It's made from lamb (or probably mutton in them old days), for shepherds. A beef one should be called a cottage pie.
There is some confusion outside the UK between shepherds pie and cottage pie.
Basically shepherds look after sheep, hence a lamb or mutton pie is called a shepherds' pie (but not shepherd's pie if you want to be pedantic).
Dishes containing beef and sweetcorn are not shepherds pie, you could call them "Pâté chinois", a north American variation consisting of layers of minced beef and sweetcorn or creamed corn, topped with mashed potato in the same way as shepherds pie (said to have originated in Quebec from Chinese descendants of railway workers, but anything less like Chinese food is hard to imagine).
Any British beef and mashed potato pie is called a cottage pie. The name "shepherds pie" does not appear to be old, first appearing in the 19th Century, although the dish itself must be much older. It may well be that the name cottage pie was used for all pies of this type before the term shepherds pie came into use. Dorothy Hartley does not mention shepherds pie and refers to a cottage pie made from mutton. Alan Davidson refers to a first known mention of Shepherds pie in 1885, discovered by Jane Grigson. The french equivalent is "hachis Parmentier".
well guess as its lamb - and they looked after sheep - maybe they got them cheap!!
Ingredients readily available.
A pie made by shepherds of lamb and vegetables and gravy in a dish, covered with mashed potato and baked in an oven.. The connection is who ate it, not what it was made of ..
Shepherd's pie
The English tradition of meat pies dates back to the Middle ages. Game pie, pot pie and mutton pie were popular and served in pastry "coffyns." These pies were cooked for hours in a slow oven, and topped with rich aspic jelly and other sweet spices. The eating of "hote [meat] pies" is mentioned in Piers Plowman, and English poem written in the 14th Century. (Cooking of the British Isles, Adrian Bailey, pages 156-7) The Elizabethans favored minced pies. "A typical Elizabethan recipe ran: Shred your meat (mutton or beef) and suet together fine. Season it with cloves, mace, pepper and some saffron, great raisins and prunes..." (Food and Drink in Britain: From the Stone Age to the 19th Century, C. Anne Wilson, page 273). About mince and mincemeat pies.

The key to dating Shepherd's pie is the introduction (and acceptance) of potatoes in England. Potatoes are a new world food. They were first introduced to Europe in 1520 by the Spanish. Potatoes did not appeal to the British palate until the 18th Century. (Foods America Gave the World, A. Hyatt Verrill, page 28). Shepherd's Pie, a dish of minced meat (usually lamb, when made with beef it is called "Cottage Pie") topped with mashed potatoes was probably invented sometime in the 18th Century by frugal peasant housewives looking for creative ways to serve leftover meat to their families. It is generally agreed that it originated in the north of England and Scotland where there are large numbers of sheep--hence the name. The actual phrase "Shepherd's Pie" dates back to the 1870s, when mincing machines made the shredding of meat easy and popular." (The Oxford Companion to Food, Alan Davidson, page
It's Shepard's pie. Apostrophe s as in "Pie eaten by Shepherds. Not Shepards pie as in "Pie made with shephards."

Note the difference between Apple Pie and Apple's Pie and Shephard Pie and Shephard's Pie.
Its pretty much the same as cottage pie (another brit food) which is made of beef but shepherds pie has lamb instead. it was probably invented sometime in the 18th Century by frugal peasant housewives looking for creative ways to serve leftover meat to their families. It is generally agreed that it originated in the north of England and Scotland where there are large numbers of sheep--hence the name.
Firstly you take 3 shepherds then add the lambs they are watching with a pinch of mint sauce.
Mix together in a saucepan then boil some potatoes in another pan before mashing together.
Pour the shepherds mix into a tray and pipe the potato on top of it.
Place this in the oven to crisp it up then serve with a garnish of steamed vegetables in season or Caesar salad
Shepherds pie is so called because its made from lamb (baaa! baaa!) Cottage pie is the same only made using beef mince (mooo! mooo!)

Same could be asked of Toad in the Hole!

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