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Irish Shepherd's Pie Recipe - A Traditional Recipe With A Twist

Irish Shepherd’s Pie is a twist off of the traditional Shepherd’s Pie recipe that was thought to originate in Scotland or Britain.

Irish Shepherd's Pie
Irish Shepherd’s Pie – a meat and veggie pie topped with mashed potatoes.

Shepherd’s Pie is a baked meat pie made from lamb meat that is either cut in small chunks or minced.  Although there are many variations, small vegetables are typically added to the meat mixture and then topped with mashed potatoes.

It is thought that Shepherd’s Pie was a frugal way to use leftovers from a large Sunday meal.

Although the dish wasn’t created in Ireland, it has been adopted and served in Ireland for nearly 100 years.

True Shepherd’s Pie is made only with lamb meat. If you use beef, the name of the recipe actually changes to Cottage Pie.

Because I used beef in this recipe (because that is what I had on hand), I switched out the beef broth for Guinness beer in an attempt to make the dish more Irish like.

I was shocked at how much flavor it added to the dish.  I definitely think it is a keeper substitution for us!

Check out our other Irish recipes….. Corned Beef and Cabbage    &     Irish Soda Bread

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon olive oil

2-3 large carrots, finely diced

1 medium yellow onion, finely diced

Irish Shepherd's Pie
Meat and veggies flavored in a thick gravy.

1 tsp. black pepper

11/2 tsp. dried thyme

1 lb. ground lamb or beef

1 Tbsp. butter

1 cup frozen peas

2 Tbsp. flour

1/2 cup red wine

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 cup beef stock, low sodium or Guinness beer

5-6 cups mashed potatoes, leftovers or fresh

1 egg, beaten

Fresh grated parmesan cheese, for topping

INSTRUCTIONS:

Irish Shepherd's Pie
Leftover mashed potatoes brushed with a whisked egg with a pastry brush.

Pre-heat oven to 400°F

1. Heat large skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil.

2. Add carrots to pan and sauté until slightly tender.

3. Add onions and sauté for one minute and add the ground meat, pepper and thyme.

4. Cook until the meat is browned, drain and return to pan.

5. Stir in the butter, peas and flour.

6. Then add tomato paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce and stock/beer.

Irish Shepherd's Pie
A full Irish Shepherd’s Pie made in a deep dish pie plate.

7. Simmer to reduce the mixture down until you have a thick meaty mixture. Add additional seasonings as desired. Remove from heat.

8. Grease/spray with non-stick spray a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. Add meat and vegetable mixture to the pan.

9. Spread mashed potatoes over the top. *If using leftovers, reheat slightly to increase the ease of spreading.

10. Brush with beaten egg and dust the top with Parmesan cheese.

11. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the potatoes are light brown on top.

Enjoy!

Mary and Jim

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Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie – an easy to make dish that is staple in Irish Cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 large carrots finely diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion finely diced
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 11/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 lb. ground lamb or beef
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 4 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef stock low sodium, or Guinness beer
  • 5-6 cups mashed potatoes leftovers or fresh
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Fresh grated parmesan cheese for topping

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 400°F.

  1. Heat large skillet on medium heat. Add olive oil.
  2. Add carrots to pan and sauté until slightly tender.
  3. Add onions and sauté for one minute and add the ground meat, pepper and thyme.
  4. Cook until the meat is browned, drain and return to pan.
  5. Stir in the butter, peas and flour.
  6. Then add tomato paste, wine, Worcestershire sauce and stock/beer.

  7. Simmer to reduce the mixture down until you have a thick meaty mixture. Add additional seasonings as desired. Remove from heat.
  8. Grease/spray with non-stick spray a 9 inch deep dish pie pan. Add meat and vegetable mixture to the pan.
  9. Spread mashed potatoes over the top. *If using leftovers, reheat slightly to increase the ease of spreading.
  10. Brush with beaten egg and dust the top with Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake 20-25 minutes or until the potato is nice and light brown on top.

Recipe Notes

Recipe courtesy of Old World Garden Farms

Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe -Traditional Recipe With A Twist
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