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How to make an Irish Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a dish that has been enjoyed in Ireland for generations. It is popular across the world to this day.

There are countless recipes for a good shepherd’s pie. In many cases it depends what vegetables are available? Of course every cook will have his or own favourite ingredients and way of making the meal.

Irish Shepherd's Pie recipe. Image copyright Ireland Calling

Shepherd’s pie is based on lamb, potatoes and plenty of tasty and healthy vegetables. Most people will always include carrots, peas and onions in their pies.

Cottage pie is a very similar meal, except that you would use minced meat rather than lamb.

We have selected the recipe and video from Food Wishes

Shepherd’s pie recipe

For lamb mixture:
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 diced onion
2 pounds lean ground lamb
1/3 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp minced fresh rosemary
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tbsp ketchup
2 1/2 cups water or broth (use more or less to adjust thickness as needed)
12 oz bag frozen peas and carrots, thawed, drained well

For the potato topping:
2 1/2 pound Yukon gold potatoes
1 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of cayenne
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 pound Irish cheddar
1 egg yolk beaten with 2 tbsp milk

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Have a look at this video from Food Wishes to see how to put it all together.

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