This was my first time making... and eating a Shepherd's Pie! I'm actually surprised I have never had it before, it's your standard "meat & potatoes" type of meal. Needless to say, I honestly had no idea what to expect when making this dish. It was not a very complicated dish to make, it just required quite a few ingredients! I was pretty excited to see one of the ingredients was red wine... this dish would be a good way to use up an open bottle of wine, or (in my case) it would give you a reason to open a new bottle! :) I used a normal glass of red table wine, and since the original recipe doesn't state exactly how many ounces to use, I went ahead and guessed on that measurement.
I can now say, Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie is a warm, hearty, comfort food. If you are a lover of meat and potatoes, you'll absolutely love this recipe! This 'pie' has a thick, flavorful meat and veggie gravy that is topped with creamy, delicious mashed potatoes. This is one of those cozy, 'stick-to-your-ribs' kind of dishes. Great for a cold night!
Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie
recipe via www.food.com
Serves: 4-6 Yield:1 pie
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 lb ground beef or 1 lb lamb (I used ground beef)
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 3 - 4 large carrots, chopped
- 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 6 cups, fresh or leftover)
- 1 egg, beaten
- grated parmesan cheese (optional)
- Pre-heat oven to 200C/400°F.
- Saute carrots in the olive oil until starting to get tender.
- Add in the 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 your taste. (I added a bit more butter and a dash more flour to thicken the gravy up)
- Remove from heat. Grease an oven proof dish** (9x13 works for me, as does an oval baker) with butter and add the sauce.
- Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over top. Brush with egg and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if using.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and browned on top.
- Serve as is or with some crusty bread to mop up that yummy sauce!
My first attempt at Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie was a success! This was one hearty, tasty one-dish meal!! I mean... who doesn't love meat and potatoes?! I think this cozy dish goes best with a glass of red wine or beer.
Happy St. Patrick's Day.