Minced lamb and vegetables cooked in a Guinness sauce and topped with mashed potatoes. Perfect for a St. Patrick's Day dinner.
This is yet another dish I made from leftover Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb. That lamb roast served me very well. You could easily substitute ground lamb in this recipe too. I blitzed my leftover, roughly chopped, lamb in the food processor to give me minced lamb, added vegetables and Guinness for this incredibly flavorful and hardy meat pie. It's not totally traditional shepherd's pie because I have it in a pie shell, but I had one in the freezer and didn't feel like dirtying a dish so I used it. Traditional or not it was delicious. I loved the crispy pie crust bottom with the creamy potato top. And the filling. Did I mention there's Guinness in it? The stout gives it this a deep, rich, meatier flavor that is unparalleled.
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Lamb & Guinness Shepherd's Pie
2 Tbsp butter
1 onion, diced
2 red potatoes, blanched and diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 small carrots, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
2/3 cup frozen peas
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup Guinness
2 cups minced lamb (I just minced leftover Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb, but you could use cooked ground lamb as well)
Few dashed rosemary
5-6 dashes Worcestershire sauce
Frozen pie crust (9 inch deep dish), optional
2-3 cups mashed potatoes
Preheat oven to 425F
In a large stockpot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions, potatoes, celery, and carrots. Season with salt and pepper then cook, until everything is softened.
Add the garlic and cook for just a few seconds until fragrant.
Add the frozen peas and allow to warm for about a minute. Then add the flour.
Stir and mix well with the vegetables and melted butter making a roux.
Stir and cook until flour mixture starts to brown then add the Guinness, lamb, and rosemary.
Continue stirring until mixture comes to low boil, lower the heat and simmer until the Guinness has thickened (this isn't a very saucy mixture it's pretty thick but if you would like it thinner add more Guinness or water).
Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Taste for seasoning and add whatever you think it needs.
Fill a pie crust (follow pie crust directions) or casserole dish with the meat mixture, top with mashed potatoes (that are seasoned to your preference) and bake.
Bake in a preheated oven at 425F for about 25 minutes or until potatoes start to brown.
Let cool for about 15 minutes before serving. Serve with sides of your choice. I served it with Sweet Dill Glazed Carrots and Sauteed Kale (I'll post these recipes soon). Oh, and don't forget a Guinness to wash it down.
Makes 6 servings.
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