Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a huge deal to most people, (as long as you’re wearing green!) it can be a lot of fun if you celebrate it correctly. In America, it often gets brushed off as a minor holiday without a whole lot of attention. However, it can be a lot of fun if you celebrate correctly, and by celebrate correctly, we mean get cookin’! Ireland should be known for a lot of great food, but because they are geographically close to Britain, they maintain a similar reputation in their food. Britain is usually teased for having bland, flavorless food (which isn’t necessarily true either). Either way, Ireland is not-so-famous for a lot of really good meals. Irish cream, shepherd’s pie, corned beef, and the endless number of ways that the Irish prepare potatoes are only some of the delicious options you have to choose from. One of the best, Shepherd’s Pie, is a perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe.
Shepherd’s Pie is one of those meals that tastes different depending on who cooks it. If you don’t know, Shepherd’s pie is, you guessed it, a pie. But it differs from most other pies in that it isn’t a dessert. It isn’t even sweet, like most pies. Instead, it is made up of potatoes, meat, vegetables, seasonings, and plenty of other ingredients that make it delicious. Also, it doesn’t have a true pie crust. Most people expect the flakey golden brown pie crust, but mashed potatoes are used instead. If anything, Shepherd’s Pie resembles a casserole more than a pie, but it’s delicious nonetheless. There are probably a million recipes for it, but here is one that we like. Click here to order everything you need to make this delicious recipe!
2 lbs. of potatoes, peeled and quartered. (about 3 large potatoes)
1 stick of butter
1 medium onion, chopped (almost 2 cups)
½ cup of diced carrots
½ cup of corn
½ cup of peas
1 and ½ cups of ground beef
½ cup of beef broth
1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
salt and pepper
Begin by boiling the potatoes. Fill a large pot with water, add salt generously, and bring the water to a boil. Add the potatoes to the water, and allow them to boil for 20 minutes, or until tender. While you cook the potatoes, start cooking the rest of the vegetables. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large nonstick skillet (you will have to cook the meat in the same pan, so choose a big one!), and add the onions and carrots. Allow them to cook for about 5 minutes before adding the corn and peas. Be careful not to throw all the vegetables in at the same time because carrots and onions take longer to cook than peas and corn. If you add them at the same time, you will either have to let the peas and corn cook longer than they need to and overcook them, or you will have to remove carrots and onions before they’re completely cooked. After 5 minutes have passed and you’ve added the peas and corn, allow it all to simmer in the pan for an additional 3 minutes to be sure that all the vegetables are thoroughly cooked. Finally, start the meat. Add the ground beef to the pan that the vegetables are cooking in, then add the Worcestershire sauce and beef broth. Cook the beef until there is no pink left and it is completely brown throughout. Season lightly with salt and pepper. By now the potatoes should be done cooking, so remove them from the water and put them in a large bowl with the remaining butter. Mash the potatoes with a fork or a potato masher until they reach your desired consistency. Then, in a baking dish (most people use a 13×9 baking pan, but whatever is oven safe and fit everything will work), add the seasoned meat and vegetables to the pan and spread it evenly. Then, spread the mashed potatoes on top of the meat evenly to form two separate layers. Place the dish in the oven at 375 °F for about 30 minutes. When it’s done, the mashed potatoes should be browned on top and it should be hot throughout.
Shepherd’s Pie is a magnificent meal that can be enjoyed by most people. It is a blast to make, and perfect for St. Patty’s Day. Click here to order everything you need to make this delicious recipe!