Good Housekeeping UKThe best shepherd's pie recipes20 March 2023 at 1:06 pm1/9The best shepherd's pie recipesA shepherd's pie is undoubtedly a firm family favourite and a recipe we really love here at Good Housekeeping.It's the perfect meal for cold winter evenings, or light springtime lunches and is filled with hearty lamb mince and finished with a topping of creamy mashed potato. When lamb mince is used, it's called a shepherd's pie but when you replace the lamb mince with beef mince, it's called a cottage pie.How to get the crispiest topping?Our cookery team recommend using floury potatoes such as the Maris Piper or King Edward varieties to ensure the mash is super fluffy and light. To get it really crispy you'll want to create lots of surface area so make sure there are lots of ridges (or you can even pipe it on if you're feeling fancy) to ensure you get a really crispy finish.Serve with seasonal vegetables or a green salad and if you're not a huge fan of lamb you can always try a mince alternative like lean beef or pork mince. (Hearst Owned)2/9Shepherd's PieOur classic, and best ever shepherd's pie recipe will be a hit with your family or friends. Serve with a pinot noir for a lovely wine pairing.Recipe: Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)3/9Slow Cooker Shepherd's PieThis slow cooker recipe becomes incredibly tender and full of flavour and will be ready to greet you when you get home from work at the end of a long day.Recipe: Slow Cooker Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)4/9Leftover Lamb Shepherd's PieThis is the perfect recipe to try after your Easter lunch if you're having a roast lamb and has a different texture when using a leg or shoulder of roast lamb.Recipe: Leftover Lamb Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)5/9Spicy Shepherd's PieIf you prefer a bit of chilli heat in your meal, this spiced version uses chilli powder and cumin for an addictive spiced taste.Recipe: Spicy Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)6/9Lamb Keema Shepherd's PieLove a lamb keema? This curry-spiced pie is full of ginger and garam masala for a flavour explosion.Recipe: Lamb Keema Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)7/9Vegan Shepherd's PieIf you're vegan (or just trying to reduce your meat intake) then our vegan shepherd's pie is the way to go. You won't even be able to tell there's no meat or dairy products in this one.Recipe: Vegan Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)8/9Vegetarian Shepherd's PieOur vegetarian version of a shepherd's pie uses a can of lentils and a sweet potato mash topping.Recipe: Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie (Hearst Owned)9/9Cheesy Shepherd's PieThis shepherd's pie version has a crunchy, cheesy topping which gives it an irresistible texture.Recipe: Cheesy Shepherd's Pie (vaaseenaa - Getty Images)This British classic is a firm favourite with it's rich lamb mince filling and it's fluffy mashed potato topping.