I've never found ground lamb in my local grocer's meat department.
I don't think Ma ever found it, either.
I don't know if I'll ever have Shepherd's Pie.
No matter - Cottage Pie will always mean St. Patrick's Day to me.
So be sure to allow the sauce to simmer long enough, and to cool completely.
If you’re in a rush to cool the filling you can pop it into the fridge or freezer while you prepare the potatoes.
Still edible, but not quite the effect we’re going for here.
The mashed potatoes should be hot so that they’ll spread easily.
Allow the potato topping to cool, then cover or wrap before refrigerating or freezing.
Continue to sauté until the meat is no longer pink and the onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes.
1 Tablespoons dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Allow to come to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.
Shake briefly and allow to steam dry for about 30 seconds.
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Cup milk