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Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe: A Classic Family Favorite

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Ingredients

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1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb lamb or 1 lb ground beef
1 large onion, finely diced
3 - 4 large carrots, finely diced
1 cup frozen peas
3 - 4 sprigs fresh thyme, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
1 tablespoon butter
1 glass red wine

Nutritional information

387.2
Calories
178 g
Calories From Fat
19.8 g
Total Fat
7.6 g
Saturated Fat
115.9 mg
Cholesterol
397.3 mg
Sodium
22.9 g
Carbs
4.2 g
Dietary Fiber
8.9 g
Sugars
22.6 g
Protein
217 g
Serving Size

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Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe: A Classic Family Favorite

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    This was delicious. I added about 1/2 cup of frozen corn with the peas because I had it and it was very pretty and went well with the rest of the recipe. Otherwise followed exactly. It was actually better than the cottage pie I had in Dublin last year pre-Covid! Will make this again.

    • 60 min
    • Serves 4
    • Easy

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    Discover the Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe, an easy and nutritious dish for the whole family. Rich gravy, savory meat, and a potato topping make this a classic comfort food.  Celebrate the rich culinary heritage of Ireland with our **Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe**. Contrary to popular belief, Corned Beef and Cabbage is not traditionally Irish, but Shepherd’s Pie has been a staple in Irish homes for generations. This easy yet delicious recipe brings all major food groups together in one hearty dish that the whole family will love.

    While the British version uses lamb, you can customize the filling to your preference—beef, turkey, or even vegetarian options work wonderfully. The dish features a rich and savory sauce that pairs perfectly with any choice of meat. Whether you use fresh or leftover mashed potatoes, this Shepherd’s Pie promises to be a comforting and satisfying meal.

    ### Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

    1. Authentic Comfort Food: This dish brings the traditional flavors of Ireland to your kitchen, perfect for cozy family dinners.

    2. Nutritious and Balanced: Featuring protein, vegetables, and carbs, this pie is a well-rounded meal.

    3. Versatile: Use your preferred meat, be it beef, lamb, or turkey, and customize with your favorite vegetables.

    4. Kid-Friendly: Individual pies are always a hit with kids and make for fun, personalized servings.

    5. Freezer-Friendly: Make a double batch and freeze one for a quick, homemade meal on busy nights.

    ### Tips for Success:

    • Customize Your Filling: Add your favorite veggies like corn, green beans, or baby carrots for extra flavor and color.
    • Texture Tips:  For a sweeter sauce, use ketchup instead of tomato paste.
    • Ease and Convenience:  Freeze extra servings for a quick and easy meal.

    Pin this Traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie Recipe for a comforting, hearty dinner that’s perfect for any night of the week. Classic, customizable, and freezer-friendly, this dish is a timeless family favorite. Enjoy the rich flavors of Ireland in every bite!

     


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    Steps

    1
    Done

    Pre-Heat Oven to 200c/400f.

    2
    Done

    Saute Carrots in the Olive Oil Until Starting to Get Tender.

    3
    Done

    Add in the Onions and Saute For a Minute or Two Then Add the Meat.

    4
    Done

    Season With Black Pepper and Thyme.

    5
    Done

    Cook Until Browned Then Drain Fat.

    6
    Done

    Add the Butter and Peas.

    7
    Done

    Sprinkle With Flour and Stir Through.

    8
    Done

    Add Tomato Paste, Wine and Worcestershire Sauce.

    9
    Done

    Let This Reduce Slightly Then Add the Chicken Stock. Allow to Reduce Down Until You Have a Thick Meaty Gravy. Season to Your Taste.

    10
    Done

    Remove from Heat. Grease an Oven Proof Dish** 9x13 Works For Me, as Does an Oval Baker With Butter and Add the Sauce.

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