With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, you may be looking for an easy but tasty ‘bit o’ Ireland’ to serve the family. If you are, here is a delicious Rachael Ray recipe for 30 minute Shepherd’s Pie.
The ingredients you’ll need for this recipe include:
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 or ground lamb
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 sweet 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 and add the cream mixture into potatoes. Mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
While the potatoes boil, preheat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add your oil to a hot pan with beef or lamb and season 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 and 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 and thicken gravy approximately 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables and stir in peas.
Preheat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture and then spoon potatoes over the 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!
If you are looking for quality ingredients for your shepherd’s pie, you’ll find them at any Whole Foods Markets in the Denver area. To find the nearest Whole Foods Market, click here.
Now, while your little ones are waiting for the shepherd’s pie to be ready, why not give them a St. Patrick’s Day coloring book to keep them busy. Simply download, print and provide the crayons and the kids will be happy for quite a while. (Click here to preview the coloring book)
To download, go to: ChristianHomeSchoolHub/Downloads and you’ll find it under the ‘Holiday – St. Patrick’s Day’ category.