Pork Shepherd's Pie Recipe
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Pork Shepherd's Pie Recipe

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Of all the shepherd's pie recipes I've tried through the years, this version is my favorite. Although I live alone, I enjoy cooking and baking for friends and family. —Mary Arthurs, Etobicoke, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup pork gravy or 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 365 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 1045mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 4g fiber), 19g protein.


  1. In a skillet over medium heat, brown pork until no longer pink. Add onion and garlic. Cook until vegetables are tender; drain. Stir in rice, gravy, salt and thyme. Spoon into a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish. In the same skillet, saute carrot and onion in butter over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in cabbage; cook for 1 minute. Add broth, salt and pepper; cover and cook for 10 minutes. Spoon over pork layer. Spoon or pipe mashed potatoes on top; sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 45 minutes or until browned. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Shepherd's Pie in Country Pork 1996, p85

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PMC24 User ID: 8882696 249788
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2016

"Very good recipe. I enjoyed the component parts coming together to form a cohesive and flavorful whole. I think that the meat was a little lacking and would maybe use 2lbs or 1.5lbs next time. The meat would probably be better in a larger quantity to offset the fact that there are two starch components, rice and potatoes, instead of just one.

Also, and this could be an effect of the last of the container of thyme that I was using (age), this recipe was slightly lacking in flavor. The flavors were very nice, just not quite as bold as what I prefer. I might toss in some sage as well as additional thyme the next thyme that I make this ;0]
This try of the recipe could also be affected by my use of chicken stock instead of pork gravy. Although this ingredient was suggested as an alternate to the gravy, I can't help but think that the gravy would have been better."

schamberlain User ID: 8299832 249137
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2016

"This is the best shepherd's pie ever! I use hot saug, it really brings the flavors to the next level. Thank for the great recipe"

martinigrammy User ID: 7944173 75979
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2014

"This is just plain down home delicious!!!!! I couldn't find ground pork, so I cut a pork roast in little pieces. I've made it twice and it was so good!"

jenpen9339 User ID: 6541766 47252
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Everyone, kids and adults, loved this comfort food. It took a while to prepare for the first time, but I will know what to expect next time around. The pork could easily be replaced with another ground meat, or left out all together to make a delicious all vegetable meal."

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