- Cottage pie
The term cottage pie is known to have been in use in 1791, when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. "cottage" meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers).
The term "shepherd's pie" did not appear until 1877, and since then it has sometimes (incorrectly) been used synonymously with "cottage pie", regardless of whether the principal ingredient was beef or mutton. The term "shepherd's pie" should be used when the meat is mutton or lamb,  with the origin being that shepherds are concerned with sheep and not cattle. This may, however, be an example of folk etymology.
- The Cumberland pie is a version with a layer of bread crumbs on top.
- A similar British dish made with fish is a fish pie.
- A vegetarian version (occasionally named "Shepherdess Pie") can be made using soya or other meat substitutes (like tofu or Quorn), or legumes such as lentils or chick peas,.
- In Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile a similar dish is called "pastel de papa (potato pie).
- In the Dominican Republic this is called pastelón de papa (potato casserole), it has a layer of potatoes, one or two of meat, and another of potatoes, topped with a layer of cheese.
- In France, a similar dish is called hachis Parmentier.
- In Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon a similar dish is referred to as "Siniyet Batata" (literally meaning a plate of potatoes), or "Kibbet Batata".
- In Quebec, a similar dish is called pâté chinois (literally, "Chinese pie").
- In Russia, a similar dish is called "Картофельная запеканка" (Kartofel'naya zapekanka, or "potato baked pudding").
- In Brazil a similar dish is called "bolo de batata" (literally meaning a potato cake)
- In Portugal a similar dish is called "Empadão", with two layers of mashed potatoes and a layer of minced beef in between.
- ^ a b The Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, Oxford University Press, 1933
- ^ a b c Merriam-Webster Online
- ^ "The Chambers Dictionary", Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd, 1999
- ^ a b Concise Oxford English Dictionary, Eleventh Edition (Revised), Oxford University Press, 2006
- ^ An A to Z of Food and Drink by John Ayto, published by Oxford University Press, 2002
- ^ a b The Glutton's Glossary: A Dictionary of Food and Drink Terms. Routledge. 1990. http://books.google.com/books?id=vAQOAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA81&dq=cottage+pie. Retrieved 2009-01-20.
- ^ a b Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management by Isabella Beeton, 1861.
- ^ a b Cassell's New Universal Cookery Book by Lizzie Heritage published by Cassell and Company, 1894
- ^ The Constance Spry Cookery Book by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume, J M Dent & Sons, 1956
- ^ Chambers Dictionary, Ninth Edition, published by Chambers Harrap Publishing Ltd, 2003
- ^ "Delia Smith: Shepherds Pie with Crusted Leeks". http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/shepherds-pie-with-cheese-crusted-leeks,713,RC.html. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
- ^ "BBC Food Recipies: Shepherd's Pie". http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/shepherdspie_2077. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- ^ "Shepherds' Pie and Cottage Pie". http://www.fellwalk.co.uk/londonfood3.htm. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
- ^ "Comments on what kind of lamb for Shepherd's Pie". http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/283678#1514818. Retrieved 2009-02-11. .
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- ^ "BBC Food Recipies: Classic cottage pie". http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/classiccottagepie_90765. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- ^ "What is Cumberland Pie?". http://britishfood.about.com/od/glossary/g/cumberlandpie.htm. Retrieved 2010-12-06.
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