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Shepherd pie recipes are traditionally Irish potato recipes using mashed potatoes with a meat filling. The Irish use lamb for these potato recipes; we often choose beef. Whatever your choice, this is a casserole recipe you will be asked to make again and again.

Here are the recipes; one is "fancy and wonderful for a special meal;" others are more basic and easy to make for any meal.

Idaho® Potato Shepherd's Pie

Recipe courtesy of Brewski's, San Diego, CA


  • 3 ounces Heavy Cream
  • 4 Medium Russet Potatoes
  • 2 pounds Ground or Chopped Beef (cooked)
  • 6 ounces Diced Carrots
  • 1/4 ounces Fresh Garlic
  • 3 Chopped Sage Leaves
  • 1/4 ounces Chopped Thyme
  • 1 ounce Olive Oil
  • 12 ounces Beef Stock
  • 3 ounces Celery Diced
  • 6 ounces Onion Diced
  • 3 ounces Leek Finely Chopped
  • 6 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 ounce Parsley
  • 2 ounces Roux
  • 3 ounces Red Wine (Merlot)
  • 2 ounces Butter


  1. Peel and boil potatoes in chicken stock.
  2. Strain and mash with butter, cream, and salt and pepper to taste
  3. Let cool at room temperature.
  4. In a white hot pan add celery carrots, leeks, and onion. Sear for 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  5. Add olive oil, meat, herbs, and garlic Cook until well done
  6. Deglaze with wine and add beef stock and parsley.
  7. Reduce liquid in half.
  8. Add roux, cool.
  9. Combine mixture with beef and place in oven proof Ramekins.
  10. Pipe (pastry bag) potatoes 3/4 inch thick on top of beef mixture.
  11. Cover completely. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  12. Finish with grated Asiago cheese

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

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Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie Recipe

Lamb Filling


  • 2 pounds lamb chops trimmed and boned
  • 1 pound of fresh mushrooms
  • 2 T. flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 3 T. olive oil
  • 3 large shallots; minced
  • 3 large garlic cloves; minced
  • 1 bay leaf; chopped fine
  • 1 3/4 cups beef stock
  • 1 T. tomato paste


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
  2. Cut the lamb into 1/2 inch pieces and chop the mushrooms into small pieces.
  3. Combine the flour, salt, pepper and allspice in a large bowl. Add the lamb and and stir together until the meat is well coated.
  4. Heat 2 T. of olive oil in a large frying pan to which you add the lamb/flour/seasoning mixture. Fry gently until lamb is browned. 
  5. Place in a bowl and add 1 T. olive oil to the frying pan. Saute the garlic and shallots in the oil then add the mushrooms and bay leaf. Continue to fry and stir until well browned.
  6. Add the lamb mixture to the ingredients that are in the frying pan. Mix in the tomato paste and beef stock. Cover the pan and simmer on low-medium heat for about 45 minutes or until the meat is tender. Remove the cover and continue to heat for several more minutes until the juice thickens.
  7. Place the lamb mixture in a 9 inch baking dish and spoon the mashed potato mixture on top. Spread the potatoes to cover the lamb. 
  8. Bake the shepherd pie for about 30 minutes and until it begins to brown. Garnish with chopped chives if desired and serve.

Potato Topping


  • You can use leftover mashed potatoes or make them fresh. Here's how:
  • Ingredients:
  • 4 Large potatoes; we prefer Russets
  • 2 T. butter
  • 2 T. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/4 c. whole milk or cream


  1. Peel and cut potatoes into even-sized chunks. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the potatoes. Cook until tender; check for doneness be testing with a fork.
  2. Drain the potatoes and mash with a potato masher adding the cream, butter, cheese, salt, pepper, paprika and parsley.

Poor Man's Shepherd Pie


  • 2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 medium onion; diced
  • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans tomato soup
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn (drained)
  • 3 -4 cups mashed potatoes (you can use instant for convenience)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cheese, shredded


  1. Brown ground chuck with diced onions and seasonings.
  2. Add tomato soup and corn.
  3. Top with mashed potatoes and shredded cheese.
  4. Place in oven at 350 degrees F. just until cheese melts.

Serves 6

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