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St. Paddy’s Day Special: It’s Shepherd’s Pi Day!

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Pulling double duty this week in the DCDishes kitchen! It’s nearly St. Patricks Day and incidentally, today is Pi (Pie) day, (3.14)! I’d like to say I planned this out but making Shepherd’s Pie this week was truly a happy accident. After last year’s Guinness Stew was a success I was looking forward to making some more Irish comfort food. I’ve enjoyed some brilliant shepherd’s pie’s both homemade and at restaurants and felt it was time to throw my hat in the ring with my own recipe this year!

It should be noted that I’m calling this week’s dish a traditional shepherd’s pie.  This is because I actually did use ground lamb. Most restaurants in my area use ground beef as the protein in their recipe. This is traditionally a cottage pie. They both taste excellent in my opinion! On my first attempt at this hearty savory pie made of meat, sauce, veggies, and mashed potatoes, I wanted to be as close to authentic as I could! I truly was excited to make this dish.

Ultimately, the recipe below is my own inspired by a few recipes I read about online and some advice from cooks in my life. I love when I can identify the flavors I want in a dish and turn around and make something great of my own! I was so satisfied with this pie! I decided to make my mashed potatoes in the Instant Pot to save time. It’s really been a huge help whenI’m focused on another part of a meal. This savory shepherd’s pie really was divine. It exceeded my expectations. Being able to make this pie my own gave me such inspiration for my future meals. But I would be remiss if I didn’t pay homage to all the wonderful recipes for shepherd’s pie that have been shared with me over the years. Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Pi Day rolled all into one from DCDishes! Eat up!

Shepherd’s Pie

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