The earliest records refer to it as Cottage Pie. Left-over meat and vegetables on a crust of mashed potatoes: covered with more mashed potatoes. A good filling meal for the less fortunate masses who had to live in those tiny cottages. Now we differentiate the pies by what meat is in them. Shepherd's pie is made with lamb & Cottage Pie is made with beef.This would be Cottage Pie.
Since Friday has been named as International Pie Day, rather on a whimsy of some international geeks (Pi = 3.14) slave thought it would be fun to make an international pie, hence an English Cottage Pie!
For the potatoes:
4 red potatoes peeled & diced
¼ cup half-and-half
2 ounces unsalted butter
¾ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 egg yolk
4Tbs Worcestershire Sauce (low sodium)
¼ cup fine shredded Cheddar cheese
Pre Heat the oven to 400 and spray an oblong pan with cooking spray, set aside.