Shepherd’s Pie is one of the most popular entrees on our menu and it’s a staple on pub menus in the U.K. But does the name have anything to do with a shepherd?

Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb, hence the nod to shepherds, and it originated in Ireland not England. The Irish Nobleman web site notes that the dish first came about late in the 1700s and early 1800s. “Housewives back then were on the frugal side. Much like we do today, they were looking for ways to incorporate those leftovers that husbands and kids would turn up their noses at. The struggle was real back then just like today.”

In England, this dish is made with beef and called Cottage Pie, which the BBC serves. It’s layered with peas, corn, and carrots, then topped with cheddar mashed potatoes and our English stout gravy.

Try this authentic British dish next time you’re dining at your Local!