Such potato-topped beef pies are often called Cottage Pies. But dig a little deeper and other factors muddy the issue, such as whether adding vegetables or tomatoes to the meat, or sprinkling cheese or bits of butter on top of the potato, undermines or adds to its authenticity.
Well, let the debate continue. I'm calling this dish, which uses extra-lean ground beef, Shepherd's Pie. Anyone care to weigh in? Feel free to comment below.
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