Shepherd’s Pie

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A twist on the British classic, this Shepherd's Pie has layers of puff pastry, mashed potatoes and chicken.
  • PREP TIME: 10 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 60 minutes
  • SERVINGS: 4 persons
Shepherd’s Pie


  • 250 grams puff pastry
  • Potato Layer
  • 2 large potatoes boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 2 tablespoon chopped coriander (hara dhaniya)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • Chicken Layer
  • 250 grams boneless chicken, boiled and shredded
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoon butter, softened
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • White Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour (maida)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Assembly
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • Red chili flakes, for garnish
  • Black olives, for garnish
  • Finely julienne capsicum, for garnish


  • 1. Potato Layer
  • 2. Add the mashed potatoes in a large bowl. Add chopped coriander, green chilies, chopped onion, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon red chili powder. Mix well. Set aside.
  • 3. Chicken Layer
  • 4. Put the shredded chicken in a bowl. Add 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 4 tablespoon softened butter and ½ cup mayonnaise. Mix well and set aside.
  • 5. White Sauce
  • 6. Make white sauce by heating 1 tablespoon butter. Add 1 tablespoon flour and whisk well for 30 – 45 seconds till the raw flavor goes away. Add milk while stirring constantly. Cook till the white sauce is thickened and then add oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
  • 7. Assembly
  • 8. Divide the puff pastry into three equal portions.
  • 9. Sprinkle some flour on a cold surface and then roll the puff pastry thin.
  • 10. Start assembling Shepherd’s pie by putting one layer of puff pastry in a glass baking dish.
  • 11. Put a layer of mashed potatoes then puff pastry again.
  • 12. Put the chicken mixture, top with the white sauce and then a final layer of the puff pastry.
  • 13. Apply beaten egg on top of the puff pastry and then sprinkle some red chili pepper on top.
  • 14. Bake for 20 – 30 minutes in a pre-heated oven on 180 C till crust is golden brown and crispy.
  • 15. 2-3 minutes before taking the shepherd’s pie out of the oven, top with julienne cut capsicum and black olives.
  • 16. Serve hot.


Photo Credits: Kiran Afzal Puff pastry is available at most supermarkets across town or at bakeries like Tee-Emm Mart, French Bakery or Ideal Bakery .
Shireen Ahad
Shireen Ahad For more recipes from the author, click here I am a mother of four children and consider my hobby of cooking food as my fifth child. All five need, love, care, nurturing and great understanding. I run a home catering business by the name of Spices and other than that I enjoy crocheting.
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