Saint Patrick’s Day is this Friday, and if you are looking for ways to cook Corned Beef, or maybe use up the leftovers the next day, I have a few terrific recipes here on my blog. Also, if you are really going traditional for the holiday, I have a nice Soda Bread recipe too. However, if you are one of those who aren’t such a fan of corned beef – a good Shepherd’s Pie is always a nice idea.
Shepherd’s Pie is a casserole with a ground meat, fluffy mashed potatoes and baked until lightly browned – Irish comfort food. It’s not difficult to prepare, you can whip up potatoes while your meat cools, before layering both into a casserole dish. A traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground lamb, but beef is often used as well.
I think you’ll be pleased with a rustic pie for dinner, rather than Corned Beef. The flavors are savory with delightful contrasting textures — it will certainly appeal to most of you. Maybe an Irish jig after dinner?
1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground lamb, or beef
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
5 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in half
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup half & half
1/4 cup heavy cream
salt & pepper
fresh parsley, optional
- Place potatoes in a pot and fill with cold water. Place over medium-high heat and add 1 tablespoon salt, boil until fork tender, about 18-20 minutes.
- While potatoes are cooking, add 2 teaspoons olive oil to skillet and place over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté, for 3 minutes. Add lamb, breaking apart with spoon while stirring. Cook lamb for 5 minutes, or until mostly cooked through, and add thyme, onion powder, salt and black pepper, stir. Add flour and tomato paste and stir to incorporate into meat.
- Add broth and stir, simmer for 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Drain potatoes and add butter, half & half and cream to pot, mash until smooth. Add a teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, stir.
- In a casserole dish rubbed with oil, add meat mixture and top with mashed potatoes, smooth out on top. Bake in oven for 30 minutes, then broil for 5 minutes, just until top is slightly browned. Let rest for 6 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley, if using. Enjoy!