I can’t believe I haven’t shared my “company” dish before! Since I haven’t cooked anything new and exciting lately, I was scouring through my photos, looking for something I could share today for the Old Fashioned Recipe Exchange. That’s when I realized I have a couple of photos of and have never shared my Shepherd’s Pie recipe, so here you go! It’s such an easy, forgiving dish that you can play with until it becomes yours. I ALWAYS make it the same way, the way we made it when I lived in Ireland, where I first ate it. But the whole idea of this dish is that you (the shepherds) use whatever you have on hand and throw it all in together. The original would have had, and still does sometimes, lamb instead of the ground beef or “mince” that I use. I can’t believe I don’t have any photos of the “pie” itself, but I do have a couple of the Mince and Potatoes version!
And if you’re looking for something Irish for a St. Patrick’s Day meal, this could be it!
This meal always takes me back to my days of living in Ireland and all of those great memories!
Shepherd’s Pie and Mince and Potatoes
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
1 tsp minced garlic
6 lg potatoes
3 lg carrots
dash of parsley
1/2 cup cheese
2 T brown gravy powder (I always use Irish Bisto)
splash of milk
1 3/4 cups water
2-3 T butter
**Brown the ground beef and garlic in a large frying pan or skillet deep enough to hold the carrots and gravy later. At the same time, boil the carrots and potatoes until just tender. Mix the gravy powder with 2 tablespoons water to make a paste. Add the rest of the water and stir. Immediately our over drained ground beef, stirring constantly on medium-low heat as gravy thickens. Add the cooked, drained carrots. Keep warm on low while you drain and mash the potatoes, adding a splash of warmed milk and butter, if desired.
**Shepherd’s Pie: Pour gravy mixture into a 9×13 baking dish, spoon the potatoes on top and smooth them out to cover the meat mixture. Sprinkle the cheese and parsley over the top and bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the potatoes are a bit crispy. You can also make it ahead of time and just do the baking the day you serve it.
**Mince and Potatoes: Spoon potatoes onto the plate, make a well in the center and pour the meat and gravy mixture into the well.
**Great things to serve with this would be: Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Soda or Brown Bread or Roasted Potatoes. All very Irish!
I have friends who have made it with ground turkey also.
We even served the leftovers over rice when day when we had more “gravy” than potatoes and it was good too.
I guess I DID shake it up a bit by adding peas last time! :>
And…Costco has Irish Stew ready to go for you! It’s really yummy, just add mashed potatoes or Soda Bread and enjoy!
How do celebrate Ireland Day?