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German Shepherd Pie Recipe

This is a hearty German-style shepherd pie recipe made with smoked bratwurst sausage, potatoes, carrots and cheese. German beer is added to make this shepherd pie extra savory. The simple crust is made with puff pastry available in the freezer section of your local grocery store.

Prep: 40 minutes | Cook: 45 minutes | Serves: 8

German Shepherd Pie


  • 2 pounds of smoked bratwurst sausage, casings removed
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 large baking potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite German beer (actually any good dark beer will work)
  • 2 cups of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Salt and coarse ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 sheets of frozen puff pastry, defrosted in refrigerator
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, coarsely chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a deep dish pie plate.
  2. In a skillet over medium-high heat, combine the sausage (casings removed and discarded), carrots, onion, garlic, and potato. Break up the sausage and cook about 15 minutes until sausage is cooked through.
  3. Lower the heat to medium and add the beer. Simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in cheddar cheese and add 1-2 teaspoons of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, or to taste. Set mixture aside for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove defrosted puff pastry from refrigerator. Press one of the puff pastry sheets into the deep dish pie plate. Trim off excess pastry. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat mixture to the pie plate. Discard remaining liquid in skillet. Whisk egg in a small bowl and brush the edge of the crust. Take the remaining puff pastry sheet and place it over pie. Press the edges to seal and trim off the excess pastry. Brush top of pie with remaining egg. Cut an “X” into the top of pie to vent while cooking. Sprinkle with Kosher salt and chopped rosemary.
  5. Place the pie on a large baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 45 minutes until pie is bubbly and crust is golden brown.

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