Irish Stout Shepherd’s Pie

This delicious Irish stout shepherd’s pie is full of ground lamb and diced vegetables. The Irish stout creates a thick gravy and is topped with potatoes.

This delicious Irish stout shepherd's pie is full of ground lamb and diced vegetables. The Irish stout creates a thick gravy and is topped with potatoes.

It’s 3-14 and that means it’s time to party!  Why? Because it’s Pi Day! Ok, not really “party.” I don’t think there are a lot of people putting together raging parties based around a mathematical constant.  Well, except maybe teachers and people really really really into math. Luckily, I am neither.

In fact. I hate math.  There, I said it. I hate math. I’m pretty sure the part of your brain that deals with numbers and foreign language just refuses to work in my head.  I took four years of Spanish and the only thing I can remember is “Mi permite ir al bano?” If I spelled that wrong then I apologize.  I have already stated Spanish is not my strong suit.  However, I’m pretty sure I’m even worse at math.  I just don’t get it.  I remember when I was in 5th grade I would shake in fear when our teacher would make us go to the board and do problems in front of the class.  One time I actually pretended to almost faint just so I could get out of working on the board. If you are a teacher and reading my blog please do me a favor. DON’T MAKE YOUR STUDENTS DO WORK ON THE BOARD!!! It’s hard for some of us….

Sorry. I just realized I totally went off on a tangent that has nothing to do with Pi Day or the Irish Stout Shepherd’s Pie. I apologize.

Back to food. This “pie” is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s filled with delicious ground lamb and simmered in an Irish Stout until it has created an almost gravy like consistency.  A  few vegetables are thrown in the mix and finally it’s topped with creamy homemade mashed potatoes.  I also did all the cooking and baking in my most favorite 10-inch cast iron skillet.  A truly one skillet wonder 🙂

This delicious Irish stout shepherd's pie is full of ground lamb and diced vegetables. The Irish stout creates a thick gravy and is topped with potatoes.

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Irish Stout Shepherd's Pie

This delicious Irish stout shepherd's pie is full of ground lamb and diced vegetables. The Irish stout creates a thick gravy and is topped with potatoes.

Yield: 1-1/2 quart dish

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 75 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1 cup Irish Stout (such as Guinness)
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • Kosher salt to taste

Source: Slightly Adapted from Epicurious

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil, then add the onion, carrot, and meat. Cook until browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the fat and add the Irish stout, tomato paste, and herbs. Simmer until the juices thicken, about 10 minutes, then add the peas. (If mixture gets dried out just add more Irish stout) Pour the mixture into a 1 1/2-quart baking dish; set aside.

Meanwhile, bring the potatoes to a boil in salted water. Cook until tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Mash the potatoes with the butter, milk, and salt. Spread the potatoes over the meat mixture, then crosshatch the top with a fork. Bake until golden, 30 to 35 minutes.

*You can also use beef stock instead of Irish stout if you desire

13 Responses to “Irish Stout Shepherd’s Pie”

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    Erica — March 14, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Hehe…..I went to school for engineering and we always celebrated pi day! This pie looks particularly tasty! I haven’t decided what I’m making for St. Pattys day yet, so I’m loving seeing the posts coming up! The top of your pie looks browned perfectly

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    Joanne — March 14, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I love how this is a multi-purpose dish. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day, perfect for pi day…just PERFECT!

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    5 Star Foodie — March 14, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    A perfectly delicious Shepherd’s pie! The lamb simmered in stout sounds excellent!

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    Veronica — March 14, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Now that’s a beautiful Pi! 🙂 I like that you went the savory route. I’ve never had shepherd’s pie in my life–can you believe that?!

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    Heavenly Housewife — March 15, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I love a shepherd’s pie. I have an awesome version that is a Middle Eastern version with lots of orange zest and raisins. Yours looks truly fab.
    *kisses*
    p.s. If you haven’t already please stop by when you get a chance, I’m doing a fab $80 Amazon gift card give-away 😀

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    grace — March 17, 2011 at 4:56 am

    going the savory route and covering two holidays with one dish–nice work!

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    Dana - Food for Thought — March 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    This looks so good… the lightly browned part of the baked mashed potatoes are my favorite!

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    Biren @ Roti n Rice — March 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    That looks and sounds like a very flavorful shephard’s pie. I have never cooked with stout and I am curious as I see it appearing in the blogosphere.

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    Mimi — March 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Nice twist on both Pi day and shepards pie.
    Mimi

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    A Canadian Foodie — March 19, 2011 at 1:14 am

    You can’t go wrong with a dish like this. I don’t know why it’s not “company food”. I love it!
    🙂
    Valerie

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