Irish Shepherd's Pie

Irish Shepherd's Pie

Ready in 1 day 6 hours

Irish Shepherd's Pie layered with lamb and vegetables, topped with creamy mashed potatoes and covered in Irish cheese.

"Wonderful! I only had ground beef on hand and since I love garlic, I threw in a couple of cloves. To save time, I baked potatoes in the microwave and peeled after. This will most definitely be a regular for me."

- MK-luv-2-cook

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4.6 avg, 17 review(s) 93% would make again


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2 lbs Irish potatoes; peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons Sour cream
1 large Egg
1/2 cup Heavy cream
1 pinch Sea salt; season to taste
1 pinch Pepper; freshly ground seasoned to taste
1 tablespoon Canola oil
1 3/4 lbs Ground lamb
2 Carrots; peeled and chopped
1 Celery; chopped
1 Onion; chopped
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter
2 tablespoons All-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup Beef stock; divided
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 cup Frozen peas
1 cup Irish Cheese or cheddar; grated
2 tablespoons Scallions; finely chopped

Original recipe makes 6



Boil potatoes in water until fork tender. Drain potatoes well and pour them into a bowl. Mix together the sour cream, egg, heavy cream in a separate bowl. Combine the cream mixture into potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth. Set aside for later.

While potatoes are boiling, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil then add the ground lamb. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 4 or 5 minutes. Pour off excess fat leaving a little. Add the chopped carrots, celery and onion to the meat. Cook together for another 5 minutes, stirring often. Add a 1/2 cup of beef stock to the meat mixture and cover with a lid. Simmer until carrots are tender. In another skillet over medium heat, make a rue by melting the butter and adding the flour stirring together 2 minutes. Whisk in beef stock and Worcestershire sauce until there are no lumps and smooth. Thicken to a gravy about 1 minute. Pour gravy onto the meat and vegetables. Stir in the peas. Set aside.

Preheat oven broiler to high. Using a small rectangular casserole dish, spoon in the meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon in the potato mixture over meat. Top potatoes with Irish cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly. Top casserole with chopped scallions (or parsley) and serve immediately!


Melt cheese into a cup of scalded milk before adding to the pie for a more creamier topping.


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Great meal! Made it three times now and loved it every time. Only thing to note is that this meal takes anywhere from 1-1.5 hours to make - certainly not 30 minutes!
Megs82 1 month ago
Love this recipe! Perfect for the meat and potato eater in my house! Added green chile into the meat mixture for added spice.
Valerie411 7 months ago
A family favorite. They keep asking when we are going to have it again. I'm not a huge fan of shepherd's pie, but the curry and lamb variation in this recipe won me over.
mrainey74 9 months ago
bklyn 1 year ago
Very good recipe. For this kind of food, it could not have tasted better.
Hinduf 1 year ago
Comfort food at it's best. We all really liked it.
michellebolhuis 1 year ago
laurendeanne 1 year ago
Wonderful :) my first time cooking after many years and it went beautifully. Thanks!!
Kxnaiades 2 years ago
Terrific dish and very easy to make. It went so fast at my daughter's International Dinner. I'll be making it just for my family again soon. Thanks!
efranz 2 years ago
We all enjoyed this dish! Since I was out of cream and sour cream, I used cream cheese and half & half. I will definitely be making this meal again. Thank you for the recipe!
Kathrynpaine 3 years ago
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