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Shepherd’s pie is a typical Irish speciality! Based on potatoes, beef, carrots and peas, this dish looks like a shepherd’s pie au gratin. A delicacy that can be enjoyed at the Pub, or in a gourmet restaurant! The Irish love it!
Shepherd’s pie is not really a pie, contrary to what its name (pie) suggests.
It is in fact a kind of gratin consisting of a layer of meat and vegetables, followed by a layer of mashed potatoes au gratin with cheese and breadcrumbs.
A delight to eat with a good green salad and a pint of Irish beer: it’s a great classic!
Count less than 10€ in an Irish Pub for this dish… However, some great restaurants will charge much more!
Shepherd’s pie recipe
For 8 persons
25 medium potatoes
2 tablespoons of milk
1 minced onion
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into rounds
100g of peas
500 g of beef
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon of olive oil
150ml beef stock
grated Swiss cheese
Preparation Peel the potatoes and cook them in a pot of boiling water.
As soon as the potatoes are melting, drain them and puree them by adding the milk, a knob of butter, salt and pepper.
Then fry the beef in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, flour, peas and beef stock.
Simmer for a few minutes.
Pour into 3cm cassolettes of the beef preparation.
Cover with mashed potatoes.
Sprinkle with breadcrumbs and Gruyère cheese.
Bake for 30 minutes at 180°c and serve hot with a green salad or raw vegetables!
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