Shepard's Pie

Thursday, March 19, 2015

While we weren't super festive for St. Patrick's Day this year, we all managed to wear green, I browsed through our photo book from our visit to Ireland, overused the green heart and 4-leaf clover emoticons, downed an Irish car bomb, and made the BEST Shepard's pie for dinner.

Most commonly known as Shepard's pie, cottage pie is actually what it's called when made with ground beef, as opposed to lamb.

I loosely followed this recipe, but here is the real-life-you've-got-30-minutes-to-get-dinner-made recipe; plus we all know (ok, Mr.), I can never really measure and follow a recipe. :) Next time, I'll try to be better prepared and follow this recipe more closely (fresh veggies + mushrooms).
Real-life-you've-got-30-minutes-to-get-dinner-made Cottage Pie

Brown 1 lb of ground beef with onion
Once cooked, add some minced garlic
Sprinkle with some salt, pepper, bay leaves, thyme
Stir in about a 1/3 little can of tomato paste
Stir in a bag of frozen mixed vegetables
Sprinkle ground beef mixture with maybe 1/4 cup of flour
Go to the garage and get about 1 cup of the Mr.'s fresh home brew from the kegerator (Irish red ale) and stir it in (I think is the what makes this dish, so dee-lish. The recipe calls for a Guiness).
Let it cook/simmer for a bit to cook off the alcohol
Add a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce
Add a cup of beef stock/broth
(After I added the beef broth, I thought the mixture was a little too runny, so I continued to cook/simmer it down for a bit longer.)
Dump in a baking dish and sprinkle with shredded cheese
Mix up two packages of instant roasted garlic mashed potatoes and evenly spread over top of mixture/cheese
Bake at 350-400 degrees (the less time I have the higher I crank it up to get it done!) until bubbly and mashed potatoes are slightly browned and crispy

It was delicious!! Like I said, I think the beer is the winning/secret ingredient. I also love that it includes vegetables and is a one dish/pot kinda meal (easy clean-up). Also made for great leftovers (and lots of them).


  1. I was gonna make a shepherds pie too, and then we were in Costco and my husband found an already prepared one... Done! Considering the soda bread I made didn't turn out as expected I think it was for the best ;).

    1. We've had the Costco shepards pie, it's pretty good!! Oh no, at least you tried (I've never made soda bread). I was feeling pretty bad we didn't have a festive breakfast or decorations or anything; but Tys didn't seem to care either way, obviously. :)

  2. I'm going to need you to send me some of this award winning beer so I can accurately make this recipe for myself. Or maybe I can just come over? :) This sounds super good!!! In all seriousness, I really might have to give this a try!

    1. Come on over!! It's a relatively easy/quick recipe for dinner (if you use frozen vegetables and instant mashed potatoes like I do). :) I'm sure any beer/ale would be good in it, I just thought that flavor really brought it up a notch!!

  3. Shepards pie is a family fav around here! Yum!

    1. Nice!! Yes, us too. I don't think I'll make it without the beer in it any more..!! :)