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How to Make Shepherd's Pie - a classic recipe to enjoy on St. Patrick's Day
Classic Shepherd’s Pie
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 45 mins
Author: Julia
  • 1-1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes chopped into 1-1/2-inch rounds
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • 2 large carrots peeled and chopped
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cups beef broth
  1. Bring a pot of water to a full boil. Add the chopped potatoes and cook at a full boil for 15 to 20 minutes, until potatoes are very soft when poked. Strain water and allow potatoes to cool slightly.
  2. Saute the onions and carrots in oil over medium heat until softened but still al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Move the veggies off to one side of the skillet, and add the ground lamb, minced garlic, dried oregano and thyme and continue cooking just until lamb meat has browned, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Pour the beef broth into the skillet and bring to a full boil.
  6. Cook un-covered for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is very thick. Taste the mixture for flavor and add sea salt if desired.
  7. Add the cooked potatoes, buttermilk and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth. Note: you can also mash the potatoes with the buttermilk and salt using a potato masher, if you prefer your mashed potatoes chunky.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Pour the lamb mixture into a 13" x 9" casserole dish (or a casserole dish that holds at least 1.5 quarts).
  9. Spread the pureed potatoes on top of the lamb mixture. Place casserole dish on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack for 30 minutes, until shepherd's pie is bubbly and the potatoes are golden brown on top.
  10. Remove shepherd's pie from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Note that the longer the pie sits, the thicker it will become.
  11. Serve heaping portions of shepherd's pie with Irish Soda Bread.