Shepherd’s Pie Recipe for St. Patrick Day 2024 - Saint Patricks Day

Shepherd’s Pie Recipe for St. Patrick Day 2024


Shepherd’s pie, also known as cottage pie, is a traditional Irish dish made with ground lamb or beef, vegetables, and a crust of mashed potatoes. This hearty and comforting dish is perfect for a chilly Saint Patrick’s Day celebration.

Prep TimeTotal TimeServings
45 mints2 hrs 30 mints5 to 6


  • 400g good quality British beef mince
  • Sunflower oil for frying
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves picked
  • 200g button mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml red wine
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce


Step 1

Heat a large frying pan and add a little sunflower oil. Fry the beef mince until browned, then remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.

Step 2 

In the same pan, add a little more oil if needed, then fry the shallots, thyme, mushrooms, and carrots until they begin to soften.

Step 3

Stir in the tomato purée, chopped tomatoes, red wine, plain flour, and Worcestershire sauce. 

Bring to a simmer and cook for 20-30 minutes until the sauce has thickened.

Step 4 

Preheat your oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.

Step 5 

Transfer the meat and vegetable mixture to a large ovenproof dish. Top with mashed potatoes and smooth over with a fork.

Step 6 

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the potato topping is golden and the filling is bubbling.

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