Shepherd’s Pie – What’s in a Name? – St. Patty’s Day Fixins’

No better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with an Irish classic – Shepherd’s Pie!  A meat and vegetable filled dish topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown.

Shepherd’s Pie typically uses lamb because a shepherd was known for watching sheep, hence the name. If and when any other type of meat is used, it’s called a “Cottage Pie.” Don’t get caught up in the name and miss out on the heartiness of this dish! But just know, you’re now prepared if that’s the winning question for a large sum of money. Thank me now, pay me later! 😉

I am not a beer drinker, but I couldn’t forego adding this Irish beer to my Shepherd’s Pie. As long as you don’t skip the step that says to let the meat filling boil, then simmer, the alcohol content from the beer will cook out. However, if you are concerned about this ingredient, you can use additional beef broth in lieu of Guinness Beer. I will say, it adds a nice layer of flavor to the meat, green beans, corn, potatoes, tomato paste, carrots, peas, “YOU NAME IT,” as Shirley Cesar said.

Finished Shepherd's Pie- green and white potaotes

You’re probably wondering how in the world of all things gold at the end of the rainbow did I manage to make my potatoes green. And your first guess is probably food coloring. Well, I’ll tell you it’s not food coloring, but Scallion Oil. An oil made of blanched scallions blended with canola oil. It creates a beautiful natural green hue. After mixing the potatoes with all of the listed ingredients in a stand mixer, I separated the batch of potatoes in half and added a few tables spoons of Scallion Oil to one half to tint the potatoes green. I then bagged and piped the potatoes.

Finished Sheperd;s Pie with guiness Beer

Disclaimer: When getting ready to mix the potatoes, you will want to cut the butter into 2 -3 pieces, my butter, all 4 Tbsps jumped right out of the mixing bowl as soon as I turned on the mixer. It acted like it had somewhere better to be other than melting in my potatoes! Well, I showed that butter because this Shepherd’s Pie and myself definitely got the last word! 🙂

This Shepherd’s Pie will make you want to pinch yo’ momma and it could possibly be justifiable. After all pinching people who are not wearing green is a St. Patrick’s Day tradition.

Eat first, pinch someone later!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! 

Enjoy!

Shepherd’s Pie

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 Minutes

Ingredients

Potatoes

  • 1 1/2 lb Russet Potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1/4 Cup Half & Half
  • 3/4 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
  • 3-4 Tbsp Scalion OIl, optional

Meat Filling

  • 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Medium Onion, chopped
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Guinness Beer
  • 1/2 Cup Beef Broth
  • 2 tsp Tomato Paste
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1Tbsp Fresh Thyme, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary, minced
  • 2 Cups Frozen Vegetable Medley, thawed

Directions

  1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold water and boil until they are fork tender.

  2. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the meat filling.

  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil, add the onions and sauté until they’re brown.

  4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.

  5. Add beef and cook until browned, drain excess grease and return to skillet. Fold in flour.

  6. Add beef broth, Guinness, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, thyme and rosemary and stir to combine well. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened.

  7. Add vegetables and mix well. Spread mixture evenly in a prepared dish until the surface is flat, set aside.

  8. Prepare the potatoes by draining the water off the potatoes and dump them in a stand mixture. Immediately add the butter and mix until melted. Gradually add the half & half, then begin to add the cheese, salt and pepper and mix until smooth. Note: If you decide to use Scallion Oil to tint half of your potatoes green, at this step, separate the batch into two and add 3-4 Tbsp of Scallion Oil and mix.

  9. You can chose to pipe your potatoes or just spread them on top of the flattened meat mixture.

  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned.

  11. Remove from oven and allow the Shepherd’s Pie to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Serving of Shepherd's Pie

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Shepherd's Pie
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A meat and vegetable filled dish topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 30 Minutes
    Cook Time
    20 Minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 30 Minutes
    Cook Time
    20 Minutes
    Shepherd's Pie
    Print Recipe
    A meat and vegetable filled dish topped with cheesy mashed potatoes and baked until golden brown. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
      Servings Prep Time
      4-6 30 Minutes
      Cook Time
      20 Minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      4-6 30 Minutes
      Cook Time
      20 Minutes
      Instructions
      1. In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold water and boil until they are fork tender.
      2. While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the meat filling.
      3. In a large skillet, heat 2 Tbsp of olive oil, add the onions and sauté until they're brown.
      4. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 to 2 minutes.
      5. Add beef and cook until browned, drain excess grease and return to skillet. Fold in flour.
      6. Add beef broth, Guinness, Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, thyme and rosemary and stir to combine well. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the mixture is thickened.
      7. Add vegetables and mix well. Spread mixture evenly in a prepared dish until the surface is flat.
      8. Drain the potatoes and dump them in a stand mixture. Immediately add the butter and mix until smooth. Gradually add the half & half. Add the cheese, salt and pepper and mix until smooth. Note: If you decide to use Scallion Oil to tint half of your potatoes green, at this step, separate the batch into two. Add 3-4 Tbsp of Scallion Oil and mix.
      9. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are lightly browned.
      10. Remove from oven and allow the Shepherd's Pie to sit for 15 minutes before serving.
      Recipe Notes

      Note 1: Double the amount of beef broth if you do not want to use Guinness Beer.

      Note 2: Use Scallion Oil to tint the potatoes green, if desired.

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      48 comments on “Shepherd’s Pie – What’s in a Name? – St. Patty’s Day Fixins’

      1. This recipe looks beautiful but I was wondering if we could substitute beef for vegetarian food. I don’t eat beef. I have all the other ingredients mentioned so I might try it for dinner tonight. Also I am thinking of using vegetable broth instead of beef broth. What do you think?

        • I think all of these changes would be perfectly fine and you would have a flavorful Shepherd’s Pie! Let me know how it turns out!! Enjoy

      2. Gorgeous pics and the recipe looks pretty easy to pull off. Thanks for sharing. I have never cooked with beer though.

      3. Scallion oil, wow! I had never heard of it before. Anyway, your shepherd’s pie is definitely unique and looks very delish! Would love to try it.

      4. So cute those green peaks! Perfect for the St-Patrick! Plus the Guinness it’s a fantastic shepherd’s pie for sure!

      5. Yummm! I love how you added the scallion oil to make the potatoes green. This would definitely be perfect for St. Patricks day 🙂

      6. Well that is such a great dish. I don’t need a special day for this one. Looks very festive I might add.

      7. I love shepards pie.. you served it so pretty! Love the colors

      8. That is one show-stopping Shepherd’s Pie!! It doesn’t just look beautiful but I can imagine so delicious as well as I can see you flavored it with worcestershire sauce!! I WANT!!!

      9. Shepherd’s Pie never looked better and that meat filling sounds beyond flavourful! Just in time for st.paddy’s day!

      10. Oh my lord this is just lovely, great idea for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. I need to make this for my family =)

      11. I’m loving the look of this recipe, great flavour combination and the green tatties are so cute! Just a heads’ up – it’s Worcestershire sauce. 😉

      12. I had no idea that the different between Shepherd’s Pie and Cottage Pie was lamb or ground beef! So I guess I have been making cottage pie all along, lol! This looks amazing!

      13. What a great idea for St Patrick’s day, you would never guess your potatoes were coloured with a natural colour. Your shepherd pie looks delicious, gorgeous photos.

      14. Looks delicious and it’s even easier to make than I thought. Great idea for St. Patric’s Day! We do celebrate it here in Croatia. I think I will suprise my hubby with this pie… and with Irish beer 🙂 Sharing!

      15. Holy, moley! I now have a new favorite “shepherd’s pie” recipe! (Don’t call it shepherd’s pie in front of my brother unless you want to be corrected.) It is a favorite here and the scallion oil is so genius, I can’t wait to make it for him the next time he visits. Gotta tweet this one!

      16. What a fun way to make Shepherd’s Pie! I love the green in there!

      17. I bet these are delicious adding Gunniess is the part. Love the way you piped the potatoes. This Shepherds pie I can eat anyday.

      18. Such a fun looking recipe, and I LOVE a natural food coloring. Shepherd’s pie is one of my favorites, as is a pint of Guinness 🙂

      19. This is crazy, but I’ve NEVER had Shepherd’s pie. I know. I KNOW! Definitely want to try this recipe!

      20. I love shepherds pie and I love the color you got from the Scallion Oil. My kids will love this!

      21. Haha I hate misbehaving food lol. Go girl! This looks super good! I love how you used scallions to turn the potatoes green!

      22. Very festive! I’m glad I’m not the only one who goes all out with food on St. Patricks Day!

      23. That is such a gorgeous looking Sheperd’s pie and I totally see myself making it. I love the addition of scallion oil and the color is gorgeous.

      24. I don’t care what you call it, I call it “delicious”! Shepherd’s Pie is an alltime favorite comfort food from my childhood. Perfect for this time of year!

      25. I love the green coloring from the scallion oil – no food coloring necessary. Great Irish-themed dinner!

      26. I cannot wait to try this out – but your version looks almost too beautiful to eat! I am also completely enamoured by the use of the scallion oil .. so clever!!!

      27. I don’t eat lamb, so l would gladly have your recipe that uses beef. Such a hearty and comforting dish! And that pretty potato top is just too nice! Love the creativity, l could do with a big portion.

      28. Love the idea of using tinted scallion oil to bring the green color to the pie. Love when there is no artificial color involved in making colorful food. I can totally make the filling vegetarian and enjoy this.

      29. I love shepherd’s pie! My Mom usually makes corn beef and cabbage for St. Patty’s which is no where near as appealing.

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