Irish Shepherd's Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie

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


  • 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


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