Saturday, March 17, 2012

Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie.........

Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 lb ground beef or 1 lb lamb
1 large onions, 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
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup stock
1 large quantity mashed potatoes ( estimating about 6 cups, fresh or leftover)
1 egg, beaten
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Sauté carrots in the olive oil until starting to get tender. Add in the onions and sauté for a minute or two then add the meat. Season with black pepper and thyme. Cook until browned then drain fat. Add the butter and peas. Sprinkle with flour and stir through. Add tomato paste, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Let this reduce slightly then add the chicken stock. Allow to reduce down until you have a thick meaty gravy. Season to your taste. Remove from heat. Grease an oven proof dish (9x13 works for me, as does an oval baker) with butter and add the sauce. Spoon or pipe the mashed potatoes over top. Brush with egg and bake for about 20 minutes or until the potato is nice and browned on top. 
If you want to top it with a little extra flavor, use Colcannon instead of the plain mashed potatoes. With the added flavor of cabbage, onion and bacon in the Colcannon: it has to be good! Serves 4-6
Till next time....
May you enjoy the goodness of Irish cooking and may you never go hungry!

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