Guinness Shepherds Pie

Shepherds pie with Guinness I gave you a little tease on St. Pattys day about my Shepherds Pie. Well here she is in all her glory. Do you hear the bag pipes in the distance?? Or was that angels singing? What ever it was, you will hear glorious music when you bite into this casserole.
Many a years I have been completely drunk at the Irish Pub for “The Holiday”, insisting on eating the Shepherds Pie they plop on my plate. And to be honest it is always bland and nasty to be quite honest. But I still feel the need to order it. I suppose it is some sort of tradition.
A few years back I was on a mission to make a more flavorful version of the gruel. And I think I hit the nail on the head with this one folks. Try it and I think you agree, it is FABULOUS. And if you don’t agree, well then you have serious issues! Sick Psychiatric issues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Hungry Housewife’s Guinness Shepherds Pie

1 ½ pounds Organic ground beef 80/20
1 (1lb) bag frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
2 packets of dry Brown Gravy Mix
1 medium onion
Olive Oil
2 bottles Guinness Beer
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
3 pounds baking potatoes
¼- ½ cup milk
1 stick butter
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 375

To make Potato filling…
Boil the potatoes in slated water until fork tender. Drain completely and place back in pot so all of the water evaporates.
In a medium mixing bowl add butter and potatoes. Mash until smooth, while adding the milk for a medium consistency. Add salt and pepper.

Meat filling…
Cook and drain ground beef.
Place drained beef back in skillet and add 1 bottle of Guinness. Cook until beer has almost cooked out.
Add tomato paste to meat
In a medium sauce pan, prepare the brown gravy according to package directions,
however, use beer for half the liquid called for( 1 cup water, 1 cup beer)
Pour gravy into meat mixture. And cook all together until you get a nice thick gravy.

In medium skillet with olive oil sauté onions until soft and translucent.
Add mixed vegetables to the onions and cook until warm throughout.

In a 2 quart baking dish, add meat as bottom layer, the add vegetables, and then add the mashed potatoes. Top with Shredded cheese.Cook at 375 for about 20 minutes or until cheese in nice and bubbly


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    So, here’s a story for you. I studied in London when I was a sophomore in college. Everyone was so ready to complain about the British food, but you know what?! I loved it. And my favorite?! My local pub’s shepherd’s pie. I am so glad to see that you’ve done an uber-flavorful rendition of this classic!! I can’t wait to try it. What a fabulous way to celebrate St. Patty’s!

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    VeggieGirl says:

    “She” looks MAAAAAAARVELOUS!!

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    Donna-FFW says:

    This looks so unbelievably delicious!! I lovethe thick potato layer and all that goodness underneath,, holy crap, awesome!

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    This recipe sound too good to wait for next March 17th!!! I do have a question though: the recipe calls for 3 bottles of Guinness, but the instructions only use 1 bottle + 1 cup. Is the rest for the cook? 🙂

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    Diane. could drink the 3rd bottle. But yes that was a mistake…you only need 2 bottles. Thanks for bringing that to me attention. All fixed. Enjoy!!

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    Katrina says:

    I actually don’t LOVE Shepherd’s Pie. It reminds me of “poorer” times growing up when I’d ask what’s for dinner and I just never liked when my mom would say, “Shepherds Pie”. But I have to tell you, THIS looks really good–and reading the ingredients, is made totally different from my moms. LOVE the crusty orange look to the potatoes! My mom’s meat always just had a can of tomato soup in it. Just didn’t love it.

  7. 7

    Yummy!!! Looks so good. Will definitly make.

  8. 8

    YUM! I love a great casserole and despise a bad one. You done real good.
    And I hope everything is okay.

  9. 9

    Holy Moly, that sucker looks amazing!!!!

  10. 10

    Holy crap, that looks amazing! Shepherds pie is one of my favorites, I’ll definitely be copying down this recipe.

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    Oh its gorgeous!

  12. 12

    Hiya Les! I missed you!!! I could make this with Boca Ground meatless, Seriously!! It looks delicious and I would NOT tell Hotty Scotty it was meatless!

    You are my Hero!
    Love you!!
    The other Les

  13. 13

    This looks great, I have been making a shepherd’s pie recipe from Everyday Food, but I definitely want to try this one next time.

  14. 14

    oh wow leslie – you always come up with such good dishes and take such pretty pics! the shepherd’s pie is no exception!

  15. 15

    Gorgeous pictures! I hope you had a great weekend!

  16. 16

    Yum! It’s good to see you back :). I’m loving the golden mashed potatoes on top, I can always count on shepherds pie to fill me up! I like your twist on it.

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    onlinepastrychef says:

    I love Shepherd’s Pie! I make mine w/lamb, stock and some cheap red wine, but I guess Guinness is really more appropriate:) Yours looks wonderful!

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    Looks fabulous! What a clever spin on a classic comfort recipe!

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    tamilyn says:

    Oh yummy goodness there. If if has mashed spuds you know I have to try it!

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    i love the vibrant colors of the peas and corn against the beef, and the potatoes on top look particularly luscious. awesomely done, leslie!

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    Your pictures look great!!! I love the beautiful potato topping! My hubby would go crazy for this. Guinness is his favorite, and he would love it in this pie, especially since we’d buy a 6 pack and have 4 left over that someone HAS to drink! Thanks!

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    this is ultimate comfort food.. i make mine sometimes with turkey.. but i add lots of spices too because turkey is bland compared to beef!

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    I’ll be honest when I read the title I was like oh, okay BUT then I saw your photos and had to re-think my passing up of this recipe!

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    J.Danger says:

    that is so funny! Just last night I had a dream about drinking a Guiness while out at dinner (I WISH) and now, here it is. Now I can sneak it INTO my dinner! SCORE!

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    Looks yummy – I love all the beer in it and the mashed poatotes on top. Ultimate comfort food!

  26. 26

    This shepherds pie sounds great!

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    oneshotbeyond says:

    one of my favorite meals, but I never have made it (if you can believe that). Maybe I’ll try. Yours looks great!

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    Looks and sounds delicious – much better than you get in an Irish pub.

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    at last!!! the recipe of your shepherd’s pie… it does really look delicious and amazing!!! 🙂

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    Looking GOOD!

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    Your potatoes look a little flaky on top. I can never get mine too look so good. I’ll have to give this one a try!

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    I really did NOT want to scroll down and see this pie. Trust me I love this stuff and always eat way too much of it because of the crispy topping. But sadly I never get to make it because my hubby hates it. Yes, he’s a man and he hates shepards pie, can I get a witness? Feel sorry for me? LOL
    So, this looks just heavenly to me. Can you and I just sit and eat this poolside with some cocktails?

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    Les, this looks killer. I made a Guinness pie last week and the beer is a must-have for such dishes!

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    Justin Schwartz says:

    yum, omg, this one looks awesome too. I want to eat that topping right now.

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    Stephanie says:

    Yum! Made this tonight and my BF couldn’t get enough of it. He’s still raving about it 🙂 Thanks for the recipe!

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    Oh my goodness. That is a Shepherd’s Pie that I could sink my teeth into more than once a year. I’ve tried several versions of the dish over the years, and my wife has been happy with them, but I do believe that this one would sky-rocket to the top of her list very quickly.

    Thank you for sharing it.

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    Delicious looking and delicious tasting and quite simple to make! I’ve never tried this pie before.
    This is pure delight and I’m sure to make them again.

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    I am so very glad you enjoyed it!

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    Mrs. {Erin} Cox says:

    Going to have to try this one — the mister LOVES Guinness and Shepherds Pie both. Should have thought to combine the two sooner.

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    Anonymous says:

    Nice and straightforward recipe! Adding Guiness or a dark ale is always a nice touch.
    Just one comment; it's called "Cottage pie" if it has beef as the meat; "Shepherd'e pie" if it has lamb in it (for obvious reasons!!

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    Well sounds nice but not shepherds pie really, in order for that instead of beef use lamb, what you have here is what i believe is a cottage pie

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    Made this tonight with 1/2 ground lamb and 1/2 ground beef, scrumptious!!
    Kids came back for seconds and thirds. Husband loved the flavor. Thank you for a great, easy recipe that will go in the keeper pile!

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    Found this via Pinterest and just made it tonight for tomorrow’s festivities. It’s SO DIFFICULT for me not to dig into it right this second, but I’ll be good. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe — I know everyone will love it!

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    I was lazy and didn’t read the comments, but does this meal freeze well?

  45. 48

    Thanks for your reply! I am going to freeze it tonight. How do you reheat frozen foods like this? Thaw and then oven, or just put in oven and for how long? I’m making this for a friend, so I just want to know what I should put on the label. Thanks!

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      I am not much of a freezer..But I would stick it in the freezer, allow it to thaw in the fridge overnight and then cook, covered in the oven until heated through. I would guess about 30 minutes.

  46. 50

    I made this tonight for dinner, but substituted turkey for the beef, and mashed cauliflower for the potaotes, and it was still awesome! Thank you for this recipe Leslie!

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    This looks delicious! How many oz are in each bottle of Guinness?


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