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Guinness Shepherd’s Pie | The Best Irish Comfort Food

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Irish Food | Guinness Shepherd's Pie Recipe

During cold weather months, and for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, scrumptious Guinness Shepherd’s Pie is the perfect comfort food! This delicious Irish food recipe is easy to make with readily-available ingredients. The twist on this Shepherd’s Pie is the addition of Irish Guinness beer! However, if you’d don’t have a bottle of Guinness on hand a quick and easy substitute is an extra 1/2 cup of beef broth. So get your green on and get ready to enjoy a famous Irish staple: Guinness Shepherd’s Pie.

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Irish Food | Shepherd's Pie

Guinness Shepherd’s Pie


Description

This traditional Guinness Shepherd’s Pie is a family favorite! It’s easy to make, and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and all year round. This is the ideal comfort food recipe for cold-weather days!


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Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR MASHED POTATOES

  • 11/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup half & half milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR MEAT FILLING

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 11/2 pounds ground round
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Guinness Irish Beer
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (or chicken broth)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups frozen vegetable medley, thawed (corn, peas, carrots, green beans)
  • Optional Garnish: sprig of fresh thyme

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MASHED POTATOES

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them in fourths. Place them in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Boil over medium-high heat until fork tender. (Note: While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the meat filling.) Remove potatoes from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. Transfer them to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Immediately add melted butter and mash very briefly on low speed. Gradually pour in half & half while the mixer is still on. Process briefly. Do not over-mix or the potatoes they will have a gummy texture. Stop the mixer and add salt, pepper and cheese. Mix until just incorporated.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEAT FILLING

  1. Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Once the oil flickers in the pan, add the onion. Saute until golden brown. Add garlic and continue to saute until fragrant. Add ground round, salt and pepper. Cook until beef is completely brown with no more pink. Sprinkle flour on the meat and fold it into the mixture.
  3. Add in the tomato paste, Guinness beer, beef broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine. Bring meat filling to a brief boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saute pan with a lid. Let the mixture simmer for about 12 minutes or until the sauce is lightly thickened.

ASSEMBLING THE GUINNESS SHEPHERD’S PIE

  1. Fold the vegetable medley into the meat mixture until combined.
  2. Transfer meat filling to an 8 X 8-inch baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly over the bottom. With a clean spatula, spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat mixture. Around the edges of the dish, make sure the potatoes form a nice seal to prevent overflowing while baking.
  3. Put baking dish on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to catch any overflow. Put the Shepherds Pie in the middle of the oven to ensure good heat circulation.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes become lightly golden.
  5. Remove the Guinness Shepherds Pie from the oven. Transfer to a trivet and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
  • Cuisine: Irish, American

Keywords: Guinness Shepherd's Pie, Guinness Shepherds Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Shepherds Pie, Irish Recipes, St. Patrick's Day Recipes

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Irish Food | Shepherd's Pie

Guinness Shepherd’s Pie


Description

This traditional Guinness Shepherd’s Pie is a family favorite! It’s easy to make, and is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day and all year round. This is the ideal comfort food recipe for cold-weather days!


Scale

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS FOR MASHED POTATOES

  • 11/2 pounds russet potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup half & half milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

INGREDIENTS FOR MEAT FILLING

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 11/2 pounds ground round
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup Guinness Irish Beer
  • 1/2 cup beef broth (or chicken broth)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 cups frozen vegetable medley, thawed (corn, peas, carrots, green beans)
  • Optional Garnish: sprig of fresh thyme

Instructions

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MASHED POTATOES

  1. Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut them in fourths. Place them in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Boil over medium-high heat until fork tender. (Note: While the potatoes are boiling, prepare the meat filling.) Remove potatoes from the boiling water with a slotted spoon. Transfer them to the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Immediately add melted butter and mash very briefly on low speed. Gradually pour in half & half while the mixer is still on. Process briefly. Do not over-mix or the potatoes they will have a gummy texture. Stop the mixer and add salt, pepper and cheese. Mix until just incorporated.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MEAT FILLING

  1. Adjust oven rack to the center position. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Heat oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Once the oil flickers in the pan, add the onion. Saute until golden brown. Add garlic and continue to saute until fragrant. Add ground round, salt and pepper. Cook until beef is completely brown with no more pink. Sprinkle flour on the meat and fold it into the mixture.
  3. Add in the tomato paste, Guinness beer, beef broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine. Bring meat filling to a brief boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the saute pan with a lid. Let the mixture simmer for about 12 minutes or until the sauce is lightly thickened.

ASSEMBLING THE GUINNESS SHEPHERD’S PIE

  1. Fold the vegetable medley into the meat mixture until combined.
  2. Transfer meat filling to an 8 X 8-inch baking dish. Use a spatula to spread the mixture evenly over the bottom. With a clean spatula, spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the meat mixture. Around the edges of the dish, make sure the potatoes form a nice seal to prevent overflowing while baking.
  3. Put baking dish on a baking tray lined with parchment paper to catch any overflow. Put the Shepherds Pie in the middle of the oven to ensure good heat circulation.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes or until the potatoes become lightly golden.
  5. Remove the Guinness Shepherds Pie from the oven. Transfer to a trivet and allow it to cook for 15-20 minutes before serving. If desired, garnish with a sprig of fresh thyme.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop and Oven
  • Cuisine: Irish, American

Keywords: Guinness Shepherd's Pie, Guinness Shepherds Pie, Shepherd's Pie, Shepherds Pie, Irish Recipes, St. Patrick's Day Recipes

55 thoughts on “Guinness Shepherd’s Pie | The Best Irish Comfort Food”

  1. I love Shepherd’s Pie and the addition of Guinness is a wonderful idea. This looks so hearty and delicious – definitely the perfect comfort food!

  2. Wow – I have never tried to make Shepard’s pie – but this recipe looks amazing – and looking at these pictures I would love some right now!

    • Hi Clare! Luckily, this recipe is really easy to make. I love that I usually have most of the ingredients on hand. It’s delicious and comforting, and a great way to welcome the season.

  3. Gaaaah I WANT! Shepherd’s Pie is my ultimate comfort food. Your photo of this dish is A+++ – I’m totally drooling looking at it. Thanks for getting me excited for St Patty’s day!!!

  4. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! This sounds so good and wholesome for a chilly day. Looking forward to putting in our weekly menu!

    • Thank you, Leah! I’ll have to visit your blog again to look up one of your delicious cocktails that would be a great fit to serve alongside (or before or after) this yummy Irish favorite.

  5. I love Shepherds pie..this sounds so amazing and your pictures are so fabulous! Thanks for sharing your recips..I want to try it!!

    Valerie
    Mapleleopardc.com

  6. Nothing beats shepherd’s pie and this one looks delicious! Thank you for the inspiration, I think I’ll put this on the menu for St. Patrick’s Day.

  7. This looks really yummy! As an Irish girl, I can appreciate the perfect Irish comfort food. I really want to make this for my kids for St. Patricks Day!

  8. I LOVE YOUR WEBSITE, AND I LOVE THE STEP BY STEP DIRECTIONS TO THE GUINNESS PIE- I WILL HAVE TO MAKE THIS FO MY BOYFRIEND, THANK YOU FOR SHARING

    • Candy, you are so right! Or you can drink a bottle of Guinness while cooking a Shepherd’s Pie. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you too! :-)

  9. This looks so good! Shepherd’s Pie is one of my favorite meals. I’ve never actually made it on my own though, so I think this will help me get started :)

    • Hi Rachel. When it comes to selecting recipes my favorites are those that are easy AND yummy. Luckily, this Shepherd’s Pie is both. :-)

  10. Wow – this sounds soooo good! Love the additional of rosemary & thyme – will definitely have to give this a try! :)

  11. We love shepherds pie and this version looks SO tasty!! Definitely saving this for St. Patrick’s Day – and for our weekly meal plans too!

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