Shepherd’s Pie Essentials

Crikey! Look at all these kitchen tools and essentials I can use for my Shepherd’s Pie.

Everything you need to make delicious Shepherd's Pie


Essentially speaking, Shepherd’s Pie doesn’t require any special utensils, however nothing is better than online shopping. And pretending you’re walking along High Street while surfing the web for cooking tools sounds pretty good to me, don’t you think?

The first thing you need to think about is a pan to sauté your meat and make your sauce. We like this this one, because it fits all the filling comfortably. We like using a simple wooden spoon for stirring. Once the filling is all cooked up, we like to bake the pie in a 7 x 9 pan. This is because we figured out the perfect ratio of potatoes and meat fits beautifully in this pan. If you’re feeding a crowd though, go for a bigger dish like this one.

And speaking of potatoes, you probably want something to peel them. And let’s face it, no one likes peeling potatoes! However, having a nice, sharp peeler will make your job a little easier. Once peeled, cut those potatoes up with a chef’s knife, and drop them in a large pot of cool water.

Once cooked, you have a couple of options of what to use to mash those taters up. We prefer to use the old-fashioned method of simply using a masher and a little bit of arm strength. However if gadgets are more your style, a potato ricer is a great tool which results is super creamy potatoes.

One last thing…something to wear while you make your shepherd’s pie. We recommend this, because we agree whole-heartedly with the sentiment!

This post originally appeared in March, 2016 and was revised and republished in March, 2018.


Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.