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Get Lucky with this Irish Dish: Shepherd’s Pie

2182 Shepherd's Pie

Shepherd’s pie is a meat casserole covered with a mashed potato topping. This Irish dish is a hearty, satisfying meal that features meat, vegetables, and starch—all in one! Our repeat favorite version has carrot, parsnips, and creamy homemade mashed potatoes—with a sprinkle of chives for added brightness.

12 ounces Yukon Gold potatoes
1 carrot
4 ounces parsnips
⅛ ounce chives
1 yellow onion
1 packet unsalted butter
¼ cup heavy cream
12 ounces ground beef
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 tablespoon flour
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
8 ounces chicken stock

You’ll Need
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
kosher salt
black pepper
8″ medium pot
potato masher (optional)
10″ medium high-sided ovenproof pan


1. Prep 2X 3X 1

Prepare Ingredients
Preheat oven to 450°F. Rinse all produce. Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch dice. Cut carrot and parsnips into .5-inch dice. Thinly slice chives. Peel onion and mince.

3. Mash Potatoes

Make Mashed Potatoes
Place potatoes in a medium pot and cover with cold water by 1-inch. Season generously with salt, bring to a boil over high heat, and cook until tender when pierced with a knife tip, 10-12 minutes. Drain and return to pot, off heat. Add butter and heavy cream and, using a potato masher or fork, mash until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired. Set aside.

2. Brown Beef

Brown Beef
While potatoes boil, pat beef dry with paper towel. Heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a medium high-sided ovenproof pan over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add beef. Season with .5 teaspoon salt and pepper as desired. Cook, breaking up, until browned, 3-5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a bowl and set aside (see Recipe Tip).

4. Season Beef

Season Beef
Wipe pan from beef clean and add 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. When oil is shimmering, add carrot, parsnips, and onion and sauté, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and browned beef and cook, stirring, until flavors are melded, 2-3 minutes. Season with .25 teaspoon salt and pepper as desired.

5. Make Gravy

Make Gravy
Reduce heat under pan to medium, sprinkle over flour, and cook, stirring, until flour is no longer visible, about 1 minute. Add Worcestershire sauce and chicken stock and cook, stirring, until thickened, about 3 minutes more. Remove pan from heat.

6. Bake 1

Bake Shepherd’s Pie
Spread mashed potatoes over beef in an even layer (see Recipe Tip). Transfer pan to oven and bake until lightly browned on top, about 5 minutes. Remove and sprinkle over chives. Enjoy your shepherd’s pie family-style while it’s hot.

6. Plate



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