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).
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).