Traditional Shepherd's Pie - The Perfect Comforting Cold Weather Dish

Authentic Irish cuisine is hearty, filling, and oh-so-good. A Shepherd's pie is a staple when it comes to Irish cooking. Meat, potatoes, and veggies in a thick stewy gravy make up this classic dish.

And it's not so much what we would consider a "pie" here in the US. Typically, we reserve that term for sweet dessert pies that have some sort of crust. There's no crust in this dish at all; just warm, yummy gravy and mash.

Shepherd's Pie

First thing, you'll want a big helping of mashed potatoes. This is a great recipe for when you have a ton of leftover mashed potatoes after the holidays! Of course, we always love a fresh batch of mashed potatoes and we love our recipe using a Potato Ricer. This time around, we used the Endurance® Jumbo Potato Ricer to make quick work of a big batch of potatoes.

Of course, we wanted to get a little fancy pants with our potatoes, so we piped them onto the top of our Shepherd's Pie. But trust us when we say spooning it on top tastes just as good.

What's so great about this recipe is just how easy is it. One pan is all you need. You can make this dish in any oven-safe large pan easily or transfer it to bake in a 9x13 casserole dish. It's as simple as sautéing a few ingredients, adding the rest, and letting it simmer. It's perfect for a brisk cold evening and you'll want to cuddle up with a nice big bowl of it on the couch.

Basically, the Irish are ingenious when it comes to simple, delicious food that's inexpensive and easy to make.

Shepherds Pie


Traditional Irish Shepard's Pie
Serves 4-6
Recipe from Grumpy Irish Lady

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1lb. ground beef or ground lamb
1 large onion, finely diced
3-4 large carrots, finely diced
1 cup frozen peas
3-4 sprigs  fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 glass of red wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chicken stock
6 cups fresh or leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg beaten
Grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven too 400F.

Sauté carrots the olive oil until almost tender.  Add onions and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.  Add beef or lamb.  Season with black pepper and thyme.

Cook until the meat is browned. Drain the fat.  Return the meat to the pan.  Add butter and peas.  Sprinkle with flour and toss to coat the meat.  Add tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce.

Reduce slightly.  Add chicken stock.  Allow to reduce down until you have a thick meaty gravy.  Season to your taste.

Reduce from heat.  Grease an oven proof dish (9x13 oval baking dish works well) with butter and add the sauce.  Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over top.  Brush with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 20-30 minutes or until potato is nice and brown on top.



Recipe adapted from Grumpy Irish Lady