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Irish Shepherd's PieHappy St. Patricks Day

Happy Healthy Holidays!

Shepherd's Pie is an Irish classic. You will often find shepherd's pie in pubs throughout Ireland and England. If you have a meat and potato lover in the family, this dish is certain to please. It can be prepared with minced lamb or ground lamb but many are not fond of lamb, so the following recipe will call for lean ground beef. However, if you like lamb, use it. Just be sure to get the leanest available.

In the interest of time, you can prepare the meat filling the day before if you wish. Simply reheat the filling and top with freshly made mashed potatoes. This bakes for forty minutes. During this time, if you are having visitors, you can enjoy appetizers while the pie warms through. This dish is considered "too hot to pass", so the host or hostess should dish out each serving.

Irish Shepherds Pie

Recipe Ingredients

2 pounds lean ground round beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup beef broth
1 cup cooked mixed vegetables (frozen or left over are fine)
5 medium potatoes, baked and mashed
1 tablespoon butter

Recipe Directions

Brown meat in oil. Drain fat. Stir in onions and carrots. Cook five minutes. Stir in tomato paste, flour and broth. Add cooked vegetables. Transfer to casserole dish. Top with potatoes. Dot with butter. Bake at 350 degrees 30 to 40 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings

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