Shepherd’s Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash}

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Shepherd’s Pie with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash

Ground lamb is flavoured with Guinness beer and herbs like rosemary and thyme and topped with creamy, dreamy horseradish mashed potatoes to make this super comforting, stick-to-ya-ribs Shepherd’s Pie.  Can’t get much better than that!  Just don’t forget to save some Guinness to drink alongside!

Hello, you guys! Happy Friday!  Exciting news!  I’ve partnered with some fellow food blogger friends again and we have a delicious round up of St. Patrick’s Day inspired recipes.  So you are definitely covered for some pretty awesome eats!  You can find all the delicious recipes below so be sure to get your St. Patrick’s Day on and check ’em out!

St. Patrick’s Day is pretty popular around here. A lot of people in the city will venture down to George Street (two blocks long and has the most pubs and bars per capita of any street in North America!!!)🍺🍺🍺  Though I’ve been to George Street in my day, these days I don’t particularly care to go out on St. Patrick’s Day to all the crowd filled pubs and drink ma face off.  No, I’d rather stay in the comfort of home and quietly have a beer in my comfy clothes👍But, whatever floats your boat, right??

Newfoundland has a lot of Irish influence.  Do you know that the Irish name for Newfoundland is Talamh an Éisc (the land of the fish).  Most of the early settlers of Newfoundland were of English and Irish decent.  We definitely have a unique accent around here and even within areas of the province, you will find countless dialects. And don’t even get me started on the WICKED fish-n-chips we have ’round here.

Growing up I ate my fair share of Shepherd’s Pie.  We weren’t eating it every single week, but definitely on the regular.  It was such a classic meat and potatoes dish,  easy to put together and made for a great weeknight dinner.  Plus, it is pure yummy comfort food!  The traditional version of this recipe uses lamb, but my childhood version always had ground beef.  Ground lamb definitely wouldn’t have been as available as it is now, plus had I thought there was lamb in there, I doubt very much my 10 year old self would eat it.  Now?  Gobble that stuff up😋!
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Also, my childhood version would have the recipe served in a loaf pan, but my cast iron skillet lovin’ self had to prepare this  recipe in that. In my opinion, everything is better in cast iron. Ya can’t beat it!

The recipe is quite simple.  Essentially, you just fry the onions, garlic and carrot for a bit and then add the lamb, brown for a while, add some flour (to thicken the sauce) along with beer, reduce, and add frozen peas and corn.  Top that with horseradish mash, bake and way to go!

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Speaking of mash, let’s talk tatos.  These are deadly, you guys.  I used a ricer to rice the potatoes, then added (warmed) cream, butter and horseradish.  Good huh?  Mash all that up and top the lamb mixture.  I would love to say the idea for horseradish mash was my idea, but it was actually hubby’s.  We were at the grocery store and he knew I was planning this dish and came across a good quality product from Ireland.  Light bulb moment!  You can definitely taste the horseradish in there, but it is definitely not overpowering.  These potatoes would be awesome on their own, never mind the lamb.  Seriously.

Oh, and another note on those potatoes…..when you are spreading it on top of the meat, don’t smooth it out evenly.  You want nice little bumps and valleys cause those are the bits that are gonna get nice and brown in the oven.

Spread the potato to the edge of the cast iron skillet.  And when you place it in the oven, put a sheet pan underneath just in case any liquid bubbles out.  If any bubbles up around the potatoes, that’s a good thing, in my opinion ’cause it kinda flavours the edge of them and adds a lovely colour.

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If you prefer less potatoes on top (but, why?), I suggest cutting the potato portion of the recipe (and it’s components) by about a quarter. You do you, right?  The main thing that I would highly suggest is once you take this deliciousness out of the oven, let it rest for 10-15 minutes before devouring it.  Let all dem flavours cool a bit.

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So, what’s your plan for St. Patrick’s Day? It’s on a Friday this year and I’m sure there will be A LOT of people celebrating and a lot of them wanting, um, comfort (aka hangover food) the next day.  Speaking of which, this Shepherd’s Pie is also fantastic leftover👌.
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For me, though, my perfect weekend night would be making something good (like this Shepherd’s Pie),  having a beer or glass of vino, curling up on the couch with hubby and furry child and just vegging out😏.

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Hope you get a chance to try this classic Shepherd’s Pie.  If you do, I’d love to hear how you like  it💚!

Have a fun upcoming St. Patrick’s Day everyone🍀 We’ll be up to our usual shenanigans 😀

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Don’t forget to check out all the delicious recipes below (your belly will thank you)!  And if you share any of the yum, please be sure to tag #saintpatricksdayfeast2017 !

The Road to Honey ·  Guinness Irish Stew Mini Pot Pies

What Should I Make For · Traditional Irish Soda Bread with Orange Butter

The Sweet Nerd · Get Charmed By Double Spice Chocolate Cookies

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No Spoon Necessary · Sour Apple Tequila Cocktail – The Lucky Shamrock

The Beach House Kitchen · Bangers and Mash with Guiness Onion Gravy

Beyond Mere Sustenance · St. Patrick’s Lemon Cucumber Martini With Fresh Basil

Seasons & Suppers · Irish Spice Bag

Ciao Chow Bambina · Chocolate Stout No-Churn Ice Cream with Homemade Toffee Crumble

The Busy Spatula · Lucky Charms Churros & Real Pistachio Pudding

Beer Girl Cooks · Raspberry Chocolate Milk Porter Pudding Shooters

Salt & Lavender · Pork Chops with an Irish Whiskey Sauce

Kevin Is Cooking · Colcannon Irish Mashed Potatoes

Calizona · Black Lentil Roasted Broccoli Shepards’s Pie

Sugarhero · Baileys Chocolate Caramel Tarts

Salted Plains · Vegan Mint Chocolate Bark

Meg Is Well · Boozy Irish Coffee Milkshake with Baileys Caramel Drizzle

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Sheperd's Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash}
Ground lamb is flavoured with Guinness beer and herbs like rosemary and thyme and topped with creamy, dreamy horseradish mashed potatoes to make this super comforting, stick-to-ya-ribs Shepherd's Pie.  Can't get much better than that!  Just don't forget to save some Guinness to drink alongside!
Sheperd's Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash} -
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 10-15 minutes
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Shepherd's Pie
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 10-15 minutes
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Shepherd's Pie
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Creamy Horseradish Mashed Potatoes
  1. Boil potatoes in salted water until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain.
  2. Using a potato ricer, rice potatoes. To potatoes add cream, butter, salt and horseradish. Mash well. Reserve.
Shepherd's Pie
  1. In a cast iron pan (I used a 10 inch) over medium low heat add olive oil. Cook onion under translucent, about 5 minutes. To onion add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  2. To onion/garlic mixture, add carrot and cook 5 minutes. Season with 1/4 tsp each of salt and pepper. Add stock and cook about 5 minutes until stock mostly absorbed. Push veggie mixture to one side of pan.
  3. Add lamb to pan, breaking up into pieces (potato masher works well here). Season with remaining 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Combine with veggies and cook until lamb browned, about 10 minutes.
  4. To mixture, add Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, rosemary, thyme, nutmeg and chili flakes. Stir to combine. From a height, sprinkle flour over lamb, stirring to combine.
  5. Add beer to lamb and cook 3-5 minutes. Most of the liquid will absorb rather quickly, but you'll still have some moisture there. Add peas and corn and stir to combine.
  6. Top lamb mixture with reserved mashed potatoes (don't smooth out evenly - you want little bumps and valley's because they will brown nicely in the oven and add some texture). Place pan on baking sheet (to catch any bubbling over just in case) and bake at 375 F for 45 minutes. Garnish with additional rosemary and thyme (optional). Let rest 10-15 minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

To warm heavy cream, place in small pot on stovetop on medium low and heat just until warm...don't boil.  Alternatively, you can warm in the microwave on high for 45-60 seconds in microwave safe dish.

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57 thoughts on “Shepherd’s Pie {with Guinness Lamb and Horseradish Mash}

  1. Jenny | The Baking Skillet says:

    I am drooling over the edges of this Shepherd’s Pie – that golden brown crispiness! yumm. This is my first ever St. Patrick’s day in Canada and I am soo looking forward to it. Totally gona hit the pubs and try some green beer, Have to try it atleast once right! Cheers 🙂

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you, Jenny! Those edges of that horseradish mash is my absolute favourite part! I’m sure you’ll have a super fun time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Plus, it’s on a Friday this year which is always awesome! Enjoy 🙂

  2. Shashi at RunninSrilankan says:

    hot dayamn! Pardon my English – but girl! You upped the ante big time by adding beer to Shepherd’s Pie! I grew up on it too – we had it almost every couple of weeks but my mom never made it with beer nor have I ever tried to. I know well how delicious beer makes chili so I cannot wait to try using some the next time I make Shepherd’s pie again! Btw, stellar round up of hearty Irish dishes you have here!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      WOO HOO! Thank you so much, Shashi! So happy you like this one! It didn’t last long around here and I may just make again for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day holiday 🙂 Happy Monday, my friend!!

  3. karrie @ Tasty Ever After says:

    Shepherd’s Pie is one of J’s favorite (and I’ve got some local farm lamb in the freezer) so I’ll have to make this very soon! We are going out on St Patrick’s Day around 11am (J’s closing the office) so I’ll be out and about but I’ll be home by 6pm and, after I eat my crock pot corned beef, I’ll be going to sleep very early. lol! Cheers my friend and good job Mr B on suggesting horseradish in the mash!
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  4. David @ Spiced says:

    Oh, this looks like the perfect shepherd’s pie! And I love the horseradish mash twist in there. You know I love me some good cold weather comfort food, and I would be quite happy to see this one show up on my countertop! 🙂 I’m with ya on the St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. Back in the day, it would be an all-day (or all weekend) affair, but now I sit back and enjoy the coziness of staying home. But you better believe I’ll have something green on still! I can’t risk getting pinched. And I see your pup is ready for the big day already, too. Haha!
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thanks David! The horseradish mash is my favourite part! Yes, I agree…will definitely be wearing something green or St. Patrick’s day themed on Friday for sure all in the comforts of home 😉 Our pup is quite the little character for sure…hahaha 😀

  5. Miriam - says:

    What a great list of St Patricks Day inspired recipes. My husband has Irish roots – I might surprise him with your Shepherd’s Pie – I am sure he would love the addition of Guiness in it 😉 He loves potatoes, there can never be enough potatoes ever so rather than cutting the portion of potatoes on top I might have to add an extra one especially for him 🙂 Have a great week!
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  6. Lynn | The Road to Honey says:

    Boston has a big, well known Saint Patricks Day parade. And while the house I used to live in was on the parade route, I never actually attended the parade. Something about being around crowds of people who have had way too many pints is unappealing. It sounds like George Street might have a similar vibe.

    As for Shepherds Pie. . .can you believe that the first time I had it was in Kenya. . .made by a local tribesmen for the European scientists visiting the conservancy I was volunteering on? Crazy, isn’t it? And come to think of it, that might have been the only time I’ve had shepherds pie. Regardless, your pie looks incredible. I just love those browned edges. Mmmm!

    P.S. Did you know your puppy has beer goggles on ? 😉
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I’m definitely not into big crowds either, Lynn! Not my jam at all! Wow! First time eating shepherd’s pie in Kenya? That is crazy! The crispy edges are of those horseradish mash potatoes are the best! Hahaha! Yeah, that little guy is quite the character 😉 Hope you’re having a lovely weekend and cheers to a great week ahead!

  7. Jolina says:

    So so good! My mom makes this “Filipinized” version of shepherd’s pie that we love but I think yours is gonna give it serious competition! (Ok don’t tell her I said that). I’ve never had it with ground lamb before and I love lamb dang it! And those mashed potatoes – drool. We’re kind of over the let’s party with all the drunk people on St. Patrick’s Day scene I think…but since it’s our good friend’s birthday on that day we usually do something. No plans yet this year. Maybe a quiet dinner over shepherd’s pie! Aha! 🙂 PS: Love the roundup!

  8. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary says:

    Oh my gawsh, I need ALL the stick to your ribs, cozy, comforting, DELICIOUS eats I can get my grubby little hands on, Dawn! Naturally I want to drop everything I’m doing and go whip together this shepherds pie, because YUMMMMMMMM! Seriously loving this dish, doll! From the guinness to the lamb, to the HORSERADISH mash! Yes. Yes. YEEESSSS! I’ll take the whole pan. And some snuggles from your adorable fur baby. <3 Cheers! xo
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  9. Stephanie says:

    I love how are recipes are exactly the same but totally different. Haha. I love horseradish with potatoes and I have never had them in mashed potatoes. I am going to have to try it!!

  10. Tamara Andersen says:

    Ground lamb beats ground beef in shepherd’s pie hands down! All the wonderful flavors of this pie are calling me 🙂 I love the idea of the horseradish in the potato topping… I would love to visit George Street, but I’m with you, I prefer to stay in on these busy holidays. Comfie pants, a beer, and your shepherd’s pie sounds perfect!

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      I agree Tamara! The horseradish potatoes are my favourite part! And you can’t beat staying in in comfy clothes with good food, can ya? Thanks so much and have a wonderful weekend 🙂

  11. Cindy says:

    You are so creative with giving your touch to this classic. Do you know I have never tried a shepherd’s pie? My kids love al those elements separately, but I have never put it together. This has inspired me, and I love how you snuck in the lamb. SMARRRT for us moms out there to get your kids to try new flavors without even knowing it. Genius.

  12. annie@ciaochowbambina says:

    We grew up eating shepherd’s pie, too, but I can tell you it never looked like this! Like my mom, I make mine with ground beef, corn and potatoes – as you can see, super super simple! Yours is the Rolls Royce of shepherd’s pie!! Loving the depth of flavor and crispy top! I’ll take a very large bowl please! Love sharing in this holiday with you! Have a beautiful weekend, my friend! XOXO
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    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Sometimes simple is the best, isn’t it? I bet it was delicious! You’re too kind, Annie! Seriously! Large bowl coming right up, my friend! This was so fun doing this round up and looking forward to doing the next one with ya 😉 Have a lovely weekend too! XOXO

  13. Cathy | says:

    A huge thumbs up to this. The lamb (I actually loved it as a kid, weird right?) is my favorite and paired with those horseradish mashers….delish! So fun celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with you. Wish I was eating this straight out of the skillet on your couch with a glass of wine. Cheers!

  14. Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers says:

    First, this is an absolutely perfect Shepherd’s Pie! My husband could literally eat this every night of the week 🙂 Definitely going to surprise him with this one! Secondly, I had no idea you were in Newfoundland!! When I saw your reference to George St. it took me right back there. We visited a few years ago and drove all over the place. Loved every corner of it. And of course, as a big curling fan, I’m enjoying the Brier right now from your fine city 🙂

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Thank you Jennifer!! Yes, from Newfoundland! Glad you liked your visit….hopefully you’ll get a chance to visit again one day 🙂 It’s cold here now, but we have 2 nice weeks of warm weather in July, lol 😀 Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the curling 😉

    • Girl Heart Food says:

      Awwww….thank you so much, Mary Ann!! The horseradish mash was so good and probably my favourite part 🙂 Hope you and your husband love it. Thanks so much for the kind words! XO

  15. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says:

    I feel like St. Patrick’s Day gets more and more popular has the years go on. It’s all about the green beer and corned beef, right? And lots of shepherds pie, too! This sounds delicious, Dawn! I love that you paired this with horseradish potatoes. My husband would go crazy over those! What a fun way to celebrate the holiday, with a beer in hand, of course! 🙂 Hope you have a great weekend!
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