Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

Everyone’s a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so why not celebrate with some traditional Irish fare? Corned beef and cabbage isn’t the only dish that’s popular on St. Patrick’s day. My favorite Irish meal is a big serving of shepherds pie and a pint of Guinness. If you throw in a few corned beef and cabbage rolls, I am all set for a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day. If you have never tried shepherds pie, you are missing out on an inexpensive and easy casserole. Shepherd’s Pie is a hearty one dish meal of ground beef, carrots, peas, onion and fresh herbs in a thick and flavorful sauce topped with creamy mashed potatoes….St. Patrick’s Day comfort food at its best! 🙂

Guinness Shepherd’s Pie

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


For the Filling:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large onion, chopped fine
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped fine
2 pounds 85 percent lean ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
5 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 ¾ cups low-sodium chicken broth
3/4 cup Guinness Beer
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves
1 cup frozen peas

For the Topping:
2 ½ pounds russet potatoes. peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup heavy cream, warmed
1 large egg, beaten
Salt and pepper to taste


To make the filling: in a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter and cook until foaming. Add onion and carrots and cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the ground beef, salt, and pepper; cook, breaking up meat into small pieces with wooden spoon, until browned, about 12 minutes. Add flour and tomato paste and cook until paste begins to darken, about 1 minute.
Add the heavy cream and cook until it spatters, about 1 minute. Add broth, beer, soy sauce, and thyme and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick but still saucy, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in peas, adjust seasonings to taste, and transfer to broilersafe 2-quart casserole dish.
To make the topping: Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large saucepan over high heat bring potatoes, ½ teaspoon salt, and water to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain potatoes, return to saucepan, and mash potatoes with butter and cream until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
Spread potatoes over filling, using spatula to smooth top. Brush with egg and drag fork across top to make ridges. Bake until filling is bubbling, about 15 minutes.
Turn on broiler and cook until top is golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Serve.

Source: adapted from Stella Singleton originally from Cook's Country, March 2006

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11 Responses to “Guinness Shepherd’s Pie”

  1. #
    somersaultingthroughlife — March 17, 2012 @ 4:04 pm

    Mm, my favourite! 😛

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    Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide — March 17, 2012 @ 5:59 pm

    Looks delicious. And I have Guinness — I know shocking!

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    julie davidson — March 17, 2012 @ 7:30 pm

    made it tonight and it was delicious! thx

    • Christina replied: — March 27th, 2012 @ 8:03 pm

      I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the shepherd’s pie! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you! 🙂

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    ChgoJohn — March 18, 2012 @ 12:42 am

    Shepherd’s Pie is such a great dish and yours is a very good recipe!

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    Chica Andaluza — March 18, 2012 @ 4:16 am

    Gorgeous, Shepherd´s Pie is a big favourite in this house!

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    Alice — March 18, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    shepherd pie is my family favorite dish
    yours looks delicious!

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    Judy — March 18, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    It has been a long time since I’ve made a shepherd’s pie, I love it, but the fam has another opinion so I don’t get to make it often. Yours looks great!

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    The Professor — March 18, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    Great recipe.
    Not to be nit-picky, but so readers don’t get confused, this is actually “Cottage Pie” … “Shepherd’s Pie” is made with lamb.

    Either way, it’s great stuff and this is a very good version. That little bit of soy sauce really gives the flavor a nice, subtle lift!

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    Janna — February 9, 2014 @ 4:05 pm

    This is so, so delicious. My husband and I love getting Shepherd’s Pie at Irish restaurants, but now they all disappoint us compared to this recipe! I make it twice a month.

    • Christina replied: — February 15th, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Shepherd’s Pie, Janna! Thanks so much for letting me know how it turned out for you! 🙂

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