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Irish Shepherds Pie

Shepherd's Pie with Irish Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Ground lamb and aromatic vegetables, slow simmered in a rich brown gravy, topped with silky smooth mashed potatoes flavored with aged Irish cheddar and chives.
Prep15 minutes
Cook45 minutes
Course: Entrées & Main Dishes
Variety: Honey Gold®
Cooking Method: Oven, Stove Top
Quick & Easy: 1-Dish Meals


Lamb Filling

  • 1 lb. ground lamb
  • ½ yellow onion, chopped
  • ¼ c. carrots, chopped
  • ¼ c. celery, chopped
  • ½ c. yellow corn kernels
  • ½ c. green peas
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Brown Gravy

  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • ½ c. dry red wine
  • 2 c. beef stock
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ tsp. dried marjoram (optional)
  • 1 Bay leaf

Irish Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

  • 16 oz. Potato Inspirations® potatoes, quartered
  • ¼ c. unsalted butter
  • ¼ c. milk
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¾ c. shredded Irish cheddar or white aged cheddar
  • Fresh chives, for garnish


Ground Lamb

  • In large nonstick skillet over high heat, brown ground lamb. Then remove from heat and drain off all but 1 tablespoon of rendered fat (for vegetables). Set aside.


  • Sauté onions, carrots and celery in tablespoon of reserved lamb fat. The onions should be translucent after about 2-3 minutes of cooking. Turn off heat and add corn, peas and cooked ground lamb. Season with salt and pepper. Set this mixture to the side.

Brown Gravy

  • In a medium saucepan, heat butter over medium-high heat. Once butter is melted, add flour and cook for about 3-4 minutes, stirring constantly until the butter and the flour mixture have turned a nutty brown color. Add tomato paste and stir until combined. Whisk in red wine and beef stock. Reduce the heat to low and add thyme, bay leaf and marjoram. Simmer sauce for 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf and strain sauce through a fine-mesh strainer to eliminate lumps. Set aside until ready to assemble the pie.

Mashed Potatoes

  • Boil potatoes for 15 minutes or until fork tender, then strain. Mash potatoes and then stir in butter, milk and salt, until combined. Gently stir in cheese.

Assemble Dish

  • Place ground lamb/vegetable mixture into an oven-safe dish. Stir in gravy and top with the mashed potatoes. The potatoes can just be simply spooned on top, but for a beautiful presentation.
  • Place pie under broiler for 2-3 minutes or until the top of the potatoes are golden brown. Sprinkle with chopped chives for garnish.