St Patricks Day Food

Remember I told you that I am in Lazy Town? Welp, still there. And just to show you how pathetically lazy I am about blogging these days, I am going to post a repeat recipe, even using old photos (GASP)!!! Ehhh, cut me a break, it’s the first time I have done a repeat in 2 years.

My Shepherds Pie rocks the house, so I suppose it needs to be resurrected from the archives.
If I were a politically correct kinda girl, this would not be called “Shepherds” Pie. True “Shepherds” pie has lamb in it. My recipe uses ground beef, so I suppose it should be called “meat pie”. Well “meat pie” just sounds foul to me, so I will be sticking to Shepherds Pie, thank you very much.

The Hungry Housewife’s Guinness Shepherds Pie
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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


  1. 1

    Ah, my Irish roots are singing for this one! Comfort food!

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    cookies and cups says:

    Making this one for sure…never heard of beer in a sheperds pie, but I'm thinking that it is gonna be some good stuff!

  3. 3

    where's the beer? i'm just here for the beer. gosh what movie was that from? it was so funny. ok so no one is laughing…

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    Mini Baker says:

    I'm lazy too! It happens to the best of us 🙂
    But this recipe looks delish… even if it IS old photos!! lol
    -Mini B.

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    Leslie M. says:

    Hi Les! Make this with Boca Ground Crumbles and you can Call this Shepards Meatless Pie! 🙂 Yes It can be done!
    XOXOX Love you and so what if your Lazy.. I know you so are not. Cut yourself a break Momma!
    The other Les
    Leslie Loves Veggies

  6. 6

    Adding beer in a sheperds pie! Sounds interesting.

  7. 7

    Beer in shepherds pie… what a wonderful thing. Looks amazing!

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    Foodycat says:

    If you use beef instead of lamb it's a cottage pie, which I think sounds cute! This one with Guinness sounds really delicious!

  9. 9

    Ummm pie! Send me some now, or the peeps get it! Well, I will share some with them 🙂

  10. 10

    ireland doesn't have a whole heck of a lot going for it in the area of food, but shepherd's pie and guinness beer are enough to sate me. lovely creation!

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    Cate O'Malley says:

    Total comfort food – delish!

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    Justine says:

    This looks oh so YUMMY!!! I have to admitt I have NEVER had shepards pie but its because I am not a lamb fan and never thought or heard of using ground beef =) Adding of the beef makes it even better =) I CANT wait to give it a try!

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    Katrina says:

    I don't like the sound of "meat pie" either. And I haven't made shepherd's pie for a long, long time, but used to make it a lot.
    Lazy away, maybe you'll accidentally give out your ccc recipe! 😉

  14. 14

    I love St. Patty's day! so fun! Great recipe for next week.

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    Multi-tasking Mommy says:


    I'm going to make green heart shaped shamrock pancakes for my kids this year! Courtesy of Nummies.

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    Barbara says:

    The good ones are worth repeating, especially if they were far back enough that we didn't have lots of followers. I've done it once and plan to do it again soon.
    Loving this recipe! With beer yet. Yummee.

  17. 17

    Oh does that ever look good. I love the addition of the beer. I am going to have to try this. My husband loves Sheperd's Pie and this verison sounds delicious!

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    pigpigscorner says:

    oo yum guinness…I can imagine how rich and flavourful this is.

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    Anonymous says:

    That's ok if it an oldy but goodie. This looks fantastic. I have never made Shepards Pie before.

  20. 20

    Definitely worth the repeat, I'd say. My hubby would love this.

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    Chef Fresco says:

    Shoot- i'm impressed you even blog with all those youngens! Looks delish!

  22. 22

    I sure wish I would have had this tasty dish for dinner tonight – yum!

    Have fun in lazy town! 🙂

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    Bridgett says:

    I will stick with your version using the beef instead of lamb. Lamb is just so …well….not good, to put it nicely.

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    art and appetite says:

    Leslie! I forgot about St. Patricks day just until now.

    Thanks for sharing this post, maybe I can use artificial meat instead. It sure looks appetizing!

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    ReluctantYankee says:

    Crap…no getting out of this one! My husband glanced over my shoulder and noticed your Shepherd's Pie pic…guess who now has to make it for him this week??? lol!
    Have a great week!…Sandy in SoCal

  26. 26

    Yum! I am really Irish, so I am excited to give this a try – maybe a little Saint Patrick's Day dinner! Thanks!

  27. 27

    Nicely done! Love the short ingredient list 😀 Comfort food should ALWAYS be so easy!

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    The Blonde Duck says:

    I haven't had a Shepard's Pie in forever. Yum, yum, yum…

  29. 29

    Meat Pie sounds too Sweeney Todd to me! Basically any sort of casserole topped with mashed potatoes..I call Shepards pie! 🙂

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    Fahrenheit 350° says:

    You and me both!… to all of the above! I feel like I need a disclaimer: The content of my blogs from now until mid May will be drastically comprised… be warned. Yours however, never disapoint!

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    Diane {} says:

    What a fun recipe! It looks delicious.

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    chickaviator says:

    Ok, this Shepherds Pie does absolutely rock the house! I was skeptical about the Guinness but it cooks out the harsh flavor and leaves nothing but goodness! Will definitely be making this again!!!!

  33. 33

    I am soooo very glad you enjoyed my Shepherds Pie!!!

  34. 34

    Oh yeah! Shepherd's Pie. My favorite food! I plan to pig out on it that night! Someone else is making it or I'd try yours!

  35. 35

    fantastic! i love shephard's pie!

  36. 36

    Made this over the weekend and we loved it! Only change was to dice fresh carrots…sauteed them with the onions and used frozen peas and corn instead of mixed vegetables. Made two 8×8 pans, ate one and froze the other! Oh, also added 3 garlic cloves to the mashed potatoes!

  37. 37

    Love Sheperd's Pie, there's nothing wrong with repeating a recipe, at least you made full disclosure. I'm going to compare recipes with mine, yous looks so much better!

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    Fahrenheit 350° says:

    Looks delicious!

  39. 39

    It might be a repeat for you but it's the first time at your blog so it's new to me. Great looking shepherd's pie! Great blog too.

  40. 40

    AMAZING! Best Sheppard's Pie EVER! I just featured it on my blog!