A Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is the Perfect Comforting Cold Weather Dish

10.26.18 - BY Nona Raybern
Shepherd's Pie

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.

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.

 

Shepherd's Pie

 

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 9×13 casserole dish. It’s as simple as sauteing 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.

Don’t just take our word for it, though. Give this a try! And if you’re in the mood for some classic Irish desserts, try this incredibly moist and dense Irish Apple Cake with Jameson Custard. Make it an Irish night! But also make sure you have time to nap afterwards because you are gonna be FULL.

 

Shepherd's Pie

Traditional Shepherd's Pie (Irish)

Course

Dinner
Cuisine

Irish

Ingredients

  • 1
    tablespoon
    olive oil
  • 1
    teaspoon
    black pepper
  • 1
    lb
    ground beef or 1 lb 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 red wine
  • 2
    tablespoons
    tomato paste
  • 2
    tablespoons
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1
    cup
    chicken stock
  • 1
    large quantity mashed potatoes
    estimating 1L or 6 cups, fresh or leftover

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. 

    In cast iron pan, saute carrots in the olive oil until just tender. Add onions and saute for a minute or two, then add the meat. Season with black pepper and thyme. Cook until browned, then drain fat. Add the butter and peas. Sprinkle with flour and stir through. Add tomato paste, wine, and Worcestershire sauce.

    Let this reduce slightly, then add the chicken stock. Allow to reduce down until you have a thick meaty gravy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

    Remove from heat. Spoon or pipe mashed potatoes over the top. 

    Bake for about 20 minutes until potato is browned on top.

Recipe adapted from Grumpy Irish Lady