Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

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Guinness Shepherd's Pie #Irishlove

It’s the beginning of March, so that means two things, 1) a new love blog hop theme and 2) prepare for your Pinterest feed to become flooded with St. Patrick’s Day recipes (assuming it isn’t already)!

Not one to disappoint, I’m here to add to that list of recipes.  Shepherd’s pie is one of those things that hubby has mentioned in passing that he’d love for me to make and I just never have.  With love blog hop choosing March as #Irishlove, I decided the time was finally right.

Guinness Shepherd's Pie #Irishlove

Truth is, while I used beef in this recipe, I wanted to go with ground lamb – but my local co-op didn’t have any and the stands at the farmer’s market only sells beef, pork or turkey.  Here’s a little thing about city life (or more like my life), if I can’t walk to get it, then it can be replaced with another item.  Getting on the subway or the bus on a weekend is a chore, a 15 minute run to the grocery store will end up turning into two hours.  Not worth my time – beef tastes just as good.

As the Guinness addition? It’s #Irishlove! What is more Irish than a pint of Guinness?! In fact, the 8 hours I spent in Dublin on a layer, that is one of the first things I enjoyed, of course after an Irish breakfast!

Me & Guinness Me & a perfectly poured Guinness at a pub in Dublin! Guinness Shepherd's Pie #Irishlove

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Guinness Shepherd's Pie #Irishlove
Recipe type: Main Dish, Beef
For the mashed potato topping:
  • 1½ lbs yukon gold potatoes, peeled & cubed
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ half and half (you can sub milk if you choose)
  • salt and pepper to taste
For the filling:
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 small carrots, cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup Guinness stout
  • ½ cup frozen sweet peas
  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot and cover with water, add a tablespoon or two of salt, cover and bring a boil. Cook until fork tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. Drain and mash with a potato ricer or with a fork until no lumps remain.
  3. Add the butter, half and half (or milk) and mix until the potatoes are completely smooth.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  5. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees F. and have a 1 quart baking dish nearby.
  6. In a large skillet, over medium heat drizzle about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sauté the onions and carrots until soft, about 7-9 minutes. Stir in the garlic, cook for 30 seconds.
  7. Add the ground beef, breaking up into small pieces and cook until no longer pink.
  8. Season the ground beef mixture with the dried thyme, salt and pepper. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds, then mix in the worcestershire sauce.
  9. Pour in your guinness, bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the sauce has thickened about 15 minutes.
  10. In the last two minutes, stir in the frozen peas.
  11. Pour the mixture into the baking dish and top with about half the mashed potatoes, spreading to the edges to create a seal.
  12. If you choose to do so - you can pipe the remaining mashed potatoes for a nice topping or add the remaining mashed potatoes and with a fork spike the top.
  13. Bake for 25 minutes - the topping will be lightly golden form a crust.
  14. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Guinness Shepherd's Pie #Irishlove

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  1. I make shepherd’s pie (or, more accurately hunter’s pie since I always use ground beef) quite often. My recipe is almost identical except I use red wine instead of Guinness but I’d love to taste the difference in the final product. Guess I’ll have to make it… :)

  2. As a fellow NYer I totally get your shopping theory. It’s true that you can find ANYTHING somewhere but it’s usually not worth the time or the schlepping. I spent years lugging bags of groceries on the subway, and I’m just not doing it anymore. Unfortunately, now you’ve got me really wanting some lamb!

  3. I am SO EXCITED to try this! I had Guinness Shepherds Pie in Ireland about 5 year ago. It was amazing. Can’t wait to recreate! Happy #IRishLove

  4. thanks for sharing this during #irishlove! This looks amazing, I’ll have to brainstorm how to make it gluten free…

  5. This looks like total comfort food! I am 1/4 Irish so I’m down to celebrate any way with food! :)

  6. What a lovely recipe. I love shepherds pie and with Guinness in it this sounds like a must. I guess it’s even okay to add the bottled Guinness as for drinking I prefer the other.

  7. Guinness is a great addition. I will have to remember to try it next time I make a veggie shepherds pie :)

  8. Made this for St. Patrick’s Day dinner, and it was fantastic!! I loved the way the Guinness finished the gravy so nicely. I did make a couple of adjustments: I doubled the onion (at the request of my “better half”), and increased the tomato paste to 3 tbl. spoons and the Guinness to 12 oz. I did find it took a bit longer that I thought to get it all together – about 90 minutes altogether. Nevertheless, I plan on making this again soon. Great recipe!

    • Thanks for your comments Jerry! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it and your additions sound pretty good to me!

  9. I just made this and it was fantastic. Thanks so much again. Adorable pug too:-)

    • Thank you so much Rhonda! Glad you enjoyed the dish and Sir Pugsley says thanks too! :-)

  10. you can get a butcher to grind the lamb for you, or if you have a Kitchen Aid w/a meat grinder attachment…



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