In Honor of St. Patrick

75: In St. Patrick's Honor

Tomorrow’s Menu:  Shepherd’s Pie
(Rachael Ray’s Recipe)


  • 2 pounds potatoes, such as russet, peeled and cubed
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup cream, for a lighter version substitute vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 1 3/4 pounds ground beef
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup beef stock or broth
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, eyeball it
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas, a couple of handfuls
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.

While potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to hot pan with beef or lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3 or 4 minutes. If you are using lamb and the pan is fatty, spoon away some of the drippings. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat 5 minutes, stirring frequently. In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.

Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6 to 8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped parsley and serve.

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6 Responses to “In Honor of St. Patrick”
  1. 03.16.2009

    I’ll be over at 4:30. And I’ll bring the Guinness.

  2. 03.16.2009

    Michael will be really happy with your beer selection. Me, I’ll have some and just be Drunky McDrunkenson!

  3. I adore Shepherd’s Pie! LOVES it sooo much!
    We grew up eating it and my kiddos love it too!

    CHeers to you and happy eating from way down South.


  4. 03.16.2009

    Amazingly hip post, as always.

  5. 03.17.2009

    Since I’m especially fond of sippin’ whiskies of various and sundry sorts, allow me to recommend Tullamore Dew. Smooth as a baby’s butt. With a Guinness chaser. And if that doesn’t sit you on your smooth butt, nothing will.

  6. This is REALLY really similar to our recipe. Yum! Enjoy!

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