Shepherd’s Pie

So I have this little thing for Ireland.  One time while I was living there, this sweet woman had us over for dinner and made us shepherd’s pie with a side of mashed potatoes and steamed veggies…… yep.  They love their potatoes, them Irish, and will have two or three {or four} variations of potatoes in one meal.  Which I love, you can be sure.  Needless to say, I’m pretty stoked for St. Patty’s Day.  Here is a great Irish classic that has sentimental value to me, and that you might just want to make for your Green Day Celebration:
 
shep pie square
 
{What you need}
2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
6 oz. cream cheese
1 to 2 cups shredded cheddar
1 egg yolk
1 Tb olive oil
1 3/4 pounds ground beef
1 1/2 cups chopped carrots
1 med. onion, chopped
1 cup frozen green beans
2 Tb butter
2 Tb flour
1 cup beef broth
2 ts Worcestershire sauce
2 ts paprika
salt and pepper
 
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes.  Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl.  Combine beat egg yolk and incorporate in with the mashed potatoes.  Add cream cheese and cheddar cheese and mix thoroughly.  Set aside
 
While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add oil to hot pan with meat.  Season with salt and pepper.  Brown and crumble meat for 3-4 minutes.  Add carrot, onion, and green beans to the meat.  Cook veggies with meat about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.  In a second small skillet over medium heat, cook butter and flour together for 2 minutes.  Whisk in broth and W. sauce.  Thicken gravy about 1 minuted.  Add gravy to the meat and veggies.
 
Preheat broiler to high.  Fill a 9 x 13 casserole dish with meat and veggie mixture.  Spoon potatoes over meat evenly.  Sprinkle potatoes with paprika and broil 6-8 minutes until potatoes are evenly browned.

3 comments

  1. Jayme and Mendi says:

    My mom just researched our family tree all the way back to Ireland in the mid 1600’s. Now I know why I love carbs so much!!! *sigh*

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

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