I love to travel and try new foods and experience new cultures. On a recent trip I was introduced to Cottage Pie and a wee bit of history. You see when the cook brought me my dinner of cottage pie from a local pub I was visiting in St. Augustine FL I automatically called it “Shepherd Pie”. I would learn from the cook I was completely wrong in calling it that.
Cottage Pie Vs Shepherd Pie
As the cook kindly explained to me Cottage Pie came about long before Shepherd’s,1791 vs. 1870. Back when the crust was originally made of pastry and not potatoes. The biggest different is that Shepherd pie is made with lamb and cottage with beef. Also back in the day when potatoes were used they were layered like shingles on a cottage as opposed to mashed and spread.
I found all this knowledge fun and interesting but I also wanted to know how good this cottage pie would be. It was divine of course and I had to have the cooks recipe which he shared with enthusiasm. I have been enjoying his recipe for some time now.
Idahoan Signature Russets
So now you know a little about cottage Pie vs Shepherd pie. Are you wondering what that has to do with Idahoan Signature Russet Potatoes. well I recently had a chance to try them and in doing so added my own little twist to a traditional Cottage Pie.
Usually I don’t make cottage Pie unless it’s the weekend because boiling and mashing potatoes take a good 30-45 minutes. During the week I just don’t’ have that kind of time. However with Idahoan new potatoes I can have my favorite dish without all the time in the kitchen. Plus they just taste great. After all who doesn’t love a good plate of mashed potatoes.
Let’s Talk: What is your favorite way to eat potatoes? How would you use Idahoan Signature Russet potatoes at home?
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