Shepherd Pie

Shepherds PieThe first time I ever had Shepherds Pie was on our honeymoon in Burlington Vermont at a little brew pub.  It was heavenly.  The next time I partook of this tasty one dish meal was in Ireland, six months pregnant on a bus tour through the British Isles, this time my shepherds pie was not so tasty.  Or maybe it was the bus,  the pregnancy, and not being able to drink with everyone else!

Shepherds PieAt some point I came up with my own recipe for shepherd’s pie, but then was told because I use ground beef it’s actually cottage pie not shepherds pie which uses lamb in the recipe. Well the version I’m sharing today was recommended to me by cousin Sara,  it’s from Michael Chiarello.  Michael’s recipe uses a combination of lamb and beef.  Perfect!  I did mess with the process and left out one ingredient but basically it’s the same idea.  I prefer my peas as a layer in the pie. I think I would do that the next time I make it.  Oh yeh and I sort of did my mashed potatoes my way, so I definitely adapted this recipe to fit my liking.  I think you can too!  Just don’t leave the cinnamon out, unless you have an allergy, I know it may sound weird but it’s perfect in this recipe!

Shepherds PieIf you go to the original recipe you will see that the meat is browned then remove and added back in later.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  Here is my little trick for skipping this step.  I browned my onions and mushrooms first then scooched them to the side and  added the ground beef and lamb to the pan, once the meat was browned I mix it all together and moved on with the next step of the recipe.  If you use an oven proof skillet there is no need to put the meat layer of this pie into a baking dish you can leave it right in the pan and add the mashed potato layer, bake, and eat!



Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!
an old Irish saying ‘wish for a friend’

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Sheila

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    I have never made or had Shepherd’s Pie… now how is that? This looks DELISH. Though I will admit I am not a fan of lamb, so I would be boring and go with all ground beef. Beef, wine, butter, Yukon Gold Potatoes… to quote Ina Garten: How bad can that be? Pinning to try soon!
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    Demetria Friberg :

    I am going to make this SOON!!! YUMMMMMMERS!!

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    I love both shepherd’s pie and cottage pie. My favorite was with leftover roast lamb and made to Jamie Oliver’s recipe but after seeing this, I think I have a new favorite.
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