Celebrate St Paddy’s Day with traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie

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!

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