Irish Shepherd’s Pie Takes Me Back to Childhood
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I just love comfort food! Any meal that makes me think about sitting around the table, as a kid, with my family is a gem to keep in my recipe file. That is what this Irish Shepherd’s Pie does, taking me right back to childhood! The traditional Shepherd, or Cottage Pie, is basically a meat pie with a mashed potato crust to top it and comes from the United Kingdom mid 1700s. This is the recipe for Irish Shepherd’s Pie that we used in our restaurant that takes me back to childhood.
Irish Shepherd’s Pie That Takes Me Back to Childhood
You will need:
1 Tbs olive oil
1 cup baby carrots, sliced
1 large yellow onion, finely diced
1 1/2 pds ground beef
1 tsp each salt and pepper
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 cup frozen peas
2 Tbs flour
4 Tbs tomato paste
1/4 cup red wine
4 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1 cup chicken broth
2 bags instant mashed potatoes
1 egg, beaten
Grated parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a large sauté pan.
Place the sliced carrots in the pan and cook until tender.
Add your onions to the carrots and cook for 5 minutes till onions start to turn translucent.
Stir the mixture until the butter is melted.
Sprinkle with flour and stir until combined
Add tomato paste, red wine and Worcestershire sauce.
Stir to combine
Add chicken broth, continually stirring
Once the mixture thickens remove from heat.
Transfer the mixture to a baking dish.
Prepare mashed potatoes as directed on packaging (can be done ahead of time for quicker prep time)
Scoop the potatoes on top of the meat mixture.
Spread the potatoes over top evenly. Brush beaten egg on top of the mashed potatoes.
Top with Parmesan cheese.
Bake for 20 minutes.