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Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie is truly comforting, soul warming, delicious dinner. Unlike most recipes, you don’t need to brown the meat with this one.

Irish Shepherd’s Pie is truly comforting, soul warming, delicious dinner. Unlike most recipes, you don’t need to brown the meat with this one.I’m a meat-and-potato kind of girl. And Shepherd’s Pie is one of my favorites. I have had this dish my whole life, but never knew that it was an Irish cuisine! Go figure. Well, since St. Patrick’s Day is approaching, I wanted to share with you my version of Shepherd’s Pie.

Irish Shepherd's PieTechnically, it’s Cottage Pie, because I’m using beef here. Original Shepherd’s Pie uses lamb. Anyhow, another thing I do differently is that I don’t brown the meat, and serve with gravy on the side. Same delicious comfort food, I know you will enjoy it too.

Without further ado, let me show you how I make my Shepherd’s Pie.

Irish Shepherd's Pie Ingredients

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 2

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 3Celery adds nice moisture in the meat layer. Try not to omit it.

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 4

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 5If you would like, you can reduce the amount of the meat and add more veggies. Totally up to you.

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 6

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 7Guinness is totally optional here. I had it on hand, so I added it for extra flavor.

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 8

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 9

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 10

Irish Shepherd's PieMost of the time especially when I’m lazy, I just serve my Shepherd’s Pie with brown gravy. However, I made this Guinness gravy today.

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Gravy Ingredients

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 11

Irish Shepherd's Pie- Step 12Sugar helps to cut the bitterness of the stout. If the gravy is still bitter for you, add a little more sugar.

Irish Shepherd’s Pie is truly comforting, soul warming, delicious dinner. Unlike most recipes, you don’t need to brown the meat with this one.

Irish Shepherd’s Pie is truly comforting, soul warming, delicious dinner. Unlike most recipes, you don’t need to brown the meat with this one.

Irish Shepherd's Pie

Irish Shepherd’s Pie is truly comforting, soul warming, delicious dinner. Unlike most recipes, you don’t need to brown the meat with this one.

Yield: 8

Ingredients:

  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 2 lbs ground beef, or lamb
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup Guinness stout, optional
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
For Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • ¼ cup Guinness stout
  • ¼ cup Marsala wine
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Peel the potatoes and cut them into big chunks. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 10-15 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  3. Meanwhile, finely chop the celery. Peel and grate the carrots. Add celery, carrots, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt and thyme into the ground beef. Mix well. Transfer the meat mixture into the greased 9x13 baking dish. Spread evenly. Pour Guinness over the meat mixture. Set aside.
  4. Mash the potatoes with milk and butter. Spread the mashed potato over the meat mixture. Bake for 40 minutes. Then, broil for 3-4 minutes.
  5. To make the gravy, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk continuously until the mixture forms into a ball. Add broth, Guinness and Marsala and cook until nice and thick, stirring constantly. Add sugar, salt and pepper to taste.

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