Best British Recipes: Our Favorite Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Peter Salerno’s British Special: Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

As Peter Salerno Inc.’s homage to outstanding British design continues, we turn our attention from kitchen design to the recipes used to make British kitchens unique.

We’ll be the first to admit that we once were skeptics regarding British cuisine. However, when Peter Salerno’s son Anthony married his lovely wife Eve (from the UK), we learned a lot about the rich culture and tradition of English food.

A delicious shepherd's pie recipe from Epicurious. (Photo credit Yunhee Kim)
A delicious shepherd’s pie recipe from Epicurious. (Photo credit Yunhee Kim)

One staple of British cuisine is Shepherd’s Pie. There’s no “right way” or “agreed-upon recipe” to make shepherd’s pie, and most British cooks have their own method of preparing the dish. By definition, shepherd’s pie is a meat dish (usually lamb) with a crust made of mashed potatoes.

When we looked for our favorite shepherd’s pie recipe (besides Eve’s, which is a family secret!), we found it in a familiar source: the great site Epicurious. We’ve featured plenty of Epicurious recipes before, and had no choice but to include their shepherd’s pie recipe in our 2014 British design and lifestyle special.

The thing we love most about shepherd’s pie is that, when done properly, you can create a satisfying and savory meal for the whole family in under an hour. This particular recipe yields six hearty servings and takes just about 60 minutes to prepare.

We hope you love this shepherd’s pie recipe as much as Peter Salerno and his family do!

Our Best Shepherd’s Pie Recipe: Courtesy of Epicurious


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound ground lamb (or substitute half with another ground meat)
  • 1 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh or dry rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk (any fat content)
  • Kosher salt to taste


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil, then add the onion, carrot, and meat. Cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes.

3. Drain the fat and add the broth, tomato paste, and herbs. Simmer until the juices thicken, about 10 minutes, then add the peas.

4. Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish; set aside.

5. Meanwhile, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain.

6. Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk, and salt.

7. Spread them over the meat mixture, then crosshatch the top with a fork.

8. Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

British Home Design Feature: Interior Designer Charlotte Crosland

Charlotte Crosland’s Kitchen Designs Sparkle

If you’re not constantly drawing inspiration from others in your field, then you’re not really growing. Peter Salerno believes that wholeheartedly, and he’s not afraid to let the world know who inspires him.

A new favorite artist of Peter Salerno’s is English-based interior designer Charlotte Crosland, whose work was featured in the September 2014 issue of Beautiful Kitchens, the UK’s best-selling kitchen magazine.


Charlotte provides us with some fantastic insights in the article, ranging from the importance of usable space to color palettes, from flooring to lighting. Here are 3 wonderful tips from the piece:

  • Proportions are important in a kitchen, especially when it comes to the size of the island in proportion to the room.
  • Avoid over-cluttering. Charlotte’s advice? “[D]on’t be scared of leaving things out in your kitchen.”
  • There are major benefits to an “open-plan” kitchen. Accessibility, an inviting feel, and the space in which to move freely are vital to a functional kitchen.

Special thanks to Charlotte Crosland and Beautiful Kitchens magazine for publishing this valuable piece. The September 2014 issue of Beautiful Kitchens is available on newstands and for digital download.

British Home Design Feature: Georgian Home In “Period Living”

“Period Living” Features Georgian Home Restoration

For those of you unfamiliar with Period Living, there’s a reason for its standing as ‘Britain’s best-selling period homes magazine’. From homes to gardens, decoration to restoration, Period Living is a staple publication for lovers of classic British design.

Peter Salerno quickly fell in love with the September 2014 issue of Period Living during his recent trip to the UK. One piece in particular caught his eye: an article titled “Echoes of Memories”, profiling two people’s journey to restore a classic Georgian home in Derbyshire.

Peter loved the article so much, we had no choice but to share its main photograph (credit Lu Jeffery), lifted directly from its pages:

Excuse the fold: a gorgeous Georgian kitchen, restored by readers of "Period Living". (Photo credit Lu Jeffery, Period Living)
Excuse the fold: a gorgeous Georgian kitchen, restored by readers of “Period Living”. (Photo credit Lu Jeffery, Period Living)

Partners Sue Swain and Steve Ford painstakingly restored the Georgian home, called “the house with 14 windows” by locals. Author Heather Dixon and photographer Lu Jeffery create a wonderful portrait of Swain and Ford’s home, full of beautiful rustic decor and cheerful blue hues.

The home is dated to the 18th century, and according to the article several elements “are believed to be dated back to Medieval times”.

The best part of this gorgeous British design restoration? The work was done by readers of Period Living, proving the talents of its readers.

“I love the fact that everything comes with its own story that means something to the family,” the article explains. It’s those kinds of personal touches that Peter Salerno cherishes in his own designs, which helps explain this property’s magnetic appeal to him.

For more information about this Georgian home and other period pieces of English design, check out the September 2014 edition of Period Living.


Peter Salerno Inc. Fall 2014 Special: British Home Design

Peter Salerno Inc. Fall Special: UK Design Inspirations

In August 2014, Peter Salerno and his family were blessed to visit the United Kingdom on the one-year anniversary of his son Anthony’s wedding. Anthony’s beautiful wife Eve hails from England, and the couple celebrated their 1st anniversary with a renewal ceremony in the UK.

One of Peter Salerno’s favorite sayings, “Life is not a dress rehearsal”, always leads him to draw inspiration from his surroundings. Peter was sure to take time to admire the design trends – both current and classic – that England and the UK had to offer.

Peter Salerno presents the finest in English design, for fall 2014. (Photo credit Heiman Homes)
Peter Salerno presents the finest in English design, for fall 2014. (Photo credit Heiman Homes)

Over the next several weeks, the official Peter Salerno Inc. blog will be sharing some of Peter Salerno’s favorite UK design trends. From classic colors in the countryside to modern lines and urban decor, we’ll be sharing some of the very best work from English designers.

Be sure to check back in as features our official picks for Fall 2014 Design Inspirations, with an eye on the very best in British design. If it inspires Peter Salerno, it’s sure to inspire you!

For more information about Peter Salerno, winner of the most NKBA design awards in North America since 2003, please visit Peter Salerno Inc.’s official website or fill out the form below.