This Traditional Shepherds Pie is such a comforting and delicious meal that you can make for St. Patrick's Day, but this is good anytime especially on those long winter evenings. Now traditionally Shepherd's Pie is made with ground lamb however many people use ground beef or a combination of the two. If made using ground beef you will sometimes see it called Cottage Pie. I made this meal and kept it in my skillet but you can transfer the meat mixture to a 9 x 13 baking pan and then top with the mashed potatoes. I really hope you try this recipe and please let me know what you think. I love hearing from you!
Traditional Shepherd's Pie Ingredients
1 tbsp of olive oil
1/2 cup of diced onion
1/2 cup of diced carrots
1/4 cup diced celery
1 cup frozen peas
2 pounds of ground lamb (you can use ground beef if you prefer)
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup red wine
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 bay leaf
1 tsp salt and pepper
2 pounds of potatoes of your choice (I use yukon gold)
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup of half and half or milk
1 egg yolk
8 oz. of shredded Irish Cheddar (you can use ground parmesan cheese)
1 tsp salt and pepper
2 tsp dried chives or fresh (optional)
1. Put 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet and add onion, carrots, and celery and let them cook for a few minutes to soften. Then add minced garlic.
2. Add ground lamb (or beef if you prefer) and cook until browned. If the meat seems like it has rendered a lot of fat you can drain some of the grease off before adding the flour.
3. Sprinkle in 2 tbsp of flour and allow to cook for a minute, then add tomato paste and seasonings.
4. Add red wine (optional you can use all beef broth if you prefer) and beef broth and cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes until the mixture is nice and thick.
5. Top with the mashed potato mixture, then sprinkle with a little extra of the cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until the cheese and potatoes are golden brown. I leave mine in my skillet to bake but you can transfer the meat mixture to a 9 x 13 baking dish if you prefer.
Mashed Potato Mixture
1. Cut and boil 2 pounds of potatoes for 15 minutes or until fork tender.
2. Drain the water from the potatoes.
3. Combine milk, butter, salt, pepper, and chives and microwave until mixture is hot and butter is melted.
4 Pour liquid mixture over potatoes and mash, then add the egg yolk and stir to combine.
5. Add the cheese but reserve some for the top.
Serve, Eat, Enjoy!!!
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