St. Patrick’s Day Shepherd’s Pie!

Over the past few years, Shepherd’s Pie has become a staple meal in our household. I would even go so far as to say it’s our favourite dinner. I guess when you’re dating an Irish guy, pretty much anything involving potatoes is encouraged. Not that I’m complaining. I do have a penchant for carbs.
So after some trial and error, I have undeniably perfected my recipe, which I am happy to share with all of you in honour of St. Paddy’s Day!

Please note, this is a recipe that I firmly believe should be left to the taste of the cook. Please use your own judgement on the amount of each ingredient unless specified.

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The Filling:

Olive Oil (2 tbsp)
Ground Lamb or Beef (about 1.5 lbs)
1-2 large carrots (finely chopped)
1 large onion (finely chopped)
1 cup corn (I just used the frozen stuff)
1 cup peas (which I didn’t have on hand this time, so I went without)
Minced garlic (I used 3 cloves. You can use more, or less)
Rosemary
Thyme
Salt
Pepper
Worcestershire Sauce
Tomato Paste (no more than 1 small can)
Red Wine (I use about a cup because I am obsessed with red wine but you can use less)
Chicken Stock (1/4 cup)

The Mash:

Golden Potatoes (about 1.5 lbs)
Heavy Cream (1/4 cup)
Butter (3 1/2 tbsp)
Salt
Pepper
Egg Yolks (1-2)
Parmesan Cheese (minimum 1/4 cup)

 

Instructions:

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot, add some salt and your potatoes. Set a 15 minute timer and start on your filling.
  • Pour olive oil into large pan, add meat and brown evenly.

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  • Add your rosemary, thyme, garlic, salt & pepper. Mix well.

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  • Add your carrots and onion. Stir thoroughly until onions become translucent.

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  • Add carrots and peas. Stir.
  • Add Worcestershire Sauce, stir, add tomato paste, stir to combine.
  • Add Red Wine and allow to sweat down 2-3 minutes.

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  • Add chicken stock and simmer until thickened.
  • Once potatoes are complete, remove from heat and strain. Transfer back into pot and add cream, butter, salt, pepper, yolk(s) and cheese. Mash together.
  • Scoop filling into a deep casserole or oven safe dish, and then spoon mash over top.
  • Use spatula to spread the mash and then add a generous portion of Parmesan cheese over top.

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  • You can also use the back of a fork on the potatoes to create a “peaked” look.
  • Place in oven at 400·F for 15 minutes and then broil for 2-3 or until the potatoes turn a golden brown.
  • Serve immediately and fall in love!

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This recipe usually serves about 4-6, but the leftovers are just as good!

*Insert whatever the Irish equivalent to Bon Appetit is here*

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