It’s St. Patrick’s Day on 17 March, time to celebrate all things Irish. If you plan to celebrate with something more than just a lot of alcohol, or atleast want to line your stomach beforehand, here is a recipe for a traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie.
This staple of Irish cooking is easy to make, tasty and full of nutritional goodness. Wash it down with a glass of Guinness!
1 tablespoon olive oil
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
+/- 6 cups of mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees
- Sauté carrots in the olive oil until tender.
- Add onions and sauté for a minute or two, then add the meat.
- Season with black pepper and thyme.
- Cook until browned, then drain excess fat.
- Add butter and peas.
- Sprinkle with flour and stir.
- Add tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce.
- Allow to reduce and then add the chicken stock. Allow to reduce further until it is a thick meaty gravy consistency.
- Remove from heat. Grease an oven proof dish with butter and add the sauce.
- Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over top. Brush with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is browned on top.
Serve and enjoy!