No shepherds were harmed in the making of this pie. No lambs, either. Cottage pie is what happens when you use beef (or some other meat) instead of lamb to make a shepherd’s pie.
As you might have guessed by now, I didn’t use beef. Tonight’s pie contained ground bison along with all the other ingredients one might expect in a cottage (shepherd’s) pie. Onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and thyme with the bison in a dark beer (Black Butte Porter) and worcestershire sauce. No peas in sight, because I don’t care for them.
Unfortunately, the finished dish wasn’t very photogenic. The best I could get was some of what was left in the pan after the first serving.
Notice I said first serving. What was left in the pan disappeared shortly after that picture was taken. My only regret with this meal was not making a double batch…