Shepherd's Pie is the perfect simple dinner that's sure to put a smile on the face of any Irish person in your life.

The best Irish get-togethers always involve some great home-cooked Irish comfort foods so why not try out this delicious Shepard's Pie? If you want to make Irish people grin with pleasure around a dinner table this is the dish to try. 

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Shepherd's pie, or cottage pie, as it's known in Britain, is believed to have existed since around 1791, when potatoes became an available, affordable crop to the poor. This dish was a perfect way to stretch leftover roasted meat.

Originally, the pie was lined with mashed potato in addition to having a mashed potato crust. The term Shepherd's pie came into use, alongside cottage pie, from around 1870.

And just before you start to make a comment... we're not sure why it is that the Irish make their shepherd's pie with beef mince. That's just the way it is. 

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Irish Shepherd's pie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Irish butter
  • 1 medium chopped onion
  • 2 sliced carrots
  • 4 tablespoons cream flour
  • 2.5 cups browning stock
  • chopped parsley and thyme
  • 2 cups cooked minced beef or lamb 
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes

Method:

Melt the Irish butter in a saucepan and add the chopped onion. Cover and let it sweat for a few minutes.

Add the carrots.

Stir in the flour and cook until it is slightly browned, then add the stock and herbs.

Bring to the boil and then reduce it a little by boiling for about 5 minutes.

Add the meat and bring back to the boil.

Place in a pie dish and cover with the mashed potatoes. Put into a medium-hot oven (350f/180c) for about 30 minutes.

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What's your go-to Shepherd's Pie recipe? Let us know in the comments!

* Originally published in 2016.