This tasty Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie with Beef and Pork is a hearty all-in-one meal! This recipe uses both ground beef and pork and a savory brown gravy. This is a comfort food meal perfect to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or any Sunday dinner.
You won’t be able to get enough of this yummy recipe! It’s all things good in one casserole! The brown gravy makes it so yummy. It is a great use of leftover mashed potatoes and a good make ahead casserole for parties or to freeze.
Our family loves Shepherd’s Pie! It is a great comfort food with cheddar cheese topped homemade (are there any other kind?) mashed potatoes, peas, and ground meat. This recipe is made with a combination of ground beef and ground pork. What’s not to love?
Sometimes, it’s hard to choose which to make on St. Patrick’s Day- this Shepherd’s Pie or Corned Beef & Cabbage because they’re both so tasty.
What is Cottage Pie?
Although Shepherd’s Pie a.k.a. cottage pie, has traditionally been made with minced lamb, it is widely acceptable to make with beef. Some recipes call for beef chunks similar to beef stew while other recipes used ground beef, lamb, veal or pork. I like using the mixture of ground beef and pork for this recipe. Shepherd’s Pie has long been long associated with Irish food in America (although it did not originate in Ireland) and is a common dish in Irish pubs and restaurants.
The meat mixture is seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, extra virgin olive oil (it is the only kind of olive oil I use) mixed with a rue . It is relatively easy to prepare.
This recipe is similar to our Cheesy Meatballs, Mashed Potatoes and Mushroom Gravy with a few obvious exceptions. I’m sure you’d like it too. It’s another meat and potatoes meal with gravy! So yummy!
How do you make Shepherds Pie?
*The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post.
- First, boil water for mashed potatoes.
- Meanwhile, cut up the onion, garlic and carrots. Put them in a large skillet with EVOO. Cook a bit and then add ground meat. Once the meat has browned add Worcestershire sauce, fresh parsley and peas. Cook for 15 min on medium heat.
- Peel and cut into small cubes three med/large Russet potatoes. Cook for about 12 min in boiling water until soft and drain. Add butter and half-and-half and whip/mix until smooth.
- Then, in a separate bowl make quick roux- equal parts butter and flour and then add beef stock (I used homemade and it makes a difference.) Now you have a yummy brown gravy.
- Next, add the gravy to the ground meat mixture and stir it. Set it aside until the mashed potatoes are done.
- Then, spray the bottom of a baking dish with Pam cooking spray.
- Last, put the meat mixture in a baking dish, topped with mashed potatoes and shredded cheddar cheese, bake for 10 minutes and viola!
Delicious Beef and Pork Shepherd’s Pie!
Worcestershire Sauce and homemade beef broth make this Shepherd’s Pie especially tasty.
Serve this Shepherd’s Pie with fresh crusty Skillet Irish Soda Bread. I love this soda bread recipe because there’s no yeast and it’s made with basic ingredients. Best of all, it’s ready in one hour! It’ll be a great St. Patrick’s meal!
This is one of my husband’s favorite meals. It’s great to make with leftover mashed potatoes. I’m betting your family will enjoy this homemade meat and potato casserole and you may have no leftovers!
This tasty Shepherd’s Pie isn’t only perfect for St. Patty’s day dinner, it’s great for any time of year! A yummy brown gravy and homemade mashed potatoes will make everyone happy every time. Like the Loaded Slow Cooker Chili, this recipe also freezes well. You’ll love to pull it out of the freezer for nights you don’t feel like cooking. Full bellies=happy family!
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See more St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
I took the recipe to Weekend Potluck.
Ultimate Shepard’s Pie Recipe
- 3/4 lb ground beef
- 3/4 lb ground pork
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped, reserve some for garnish
- 1 medium onion diced
- 1/2 cup carrots diced
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tbs flour
- 2 tbs butter
- 1 cup of beef broth homemade or canned
- 3 potatoes peeled and cubed to 1 inch pieces
- 1/4 cup whole milk
- 3 tbsp butter
- salt and pepper to taste
- First, preheat oven to 375F.
- Then, in a medium pot on high heat, boil water for potatoes. Meanwhile, peel and cut potatoes into one inch cubes (and prep onions, carrots and parsley for meat mixture.) Boil potatoes for 12 minutes or until soft. In a large mixing bowl, mix potatoes 2 tbs of butter, half and half creamer and salt to taste until smooth.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet on medium heat, add olive oil, onions and carrots for 5 min. Add ground meat and break up big pieces while stirring. When meat is browned, add garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce, parsley and peas. Cook for 15 minutes on medium/high heat.
- Meanwhile, in a separate small saucepan on medium heat, add butter and flour to make a roux. As butter is melting add flour and stir until a thick roux forms. Add beef stock and stir until a creamy brownish sauce forms.
- Then, add gravy to meat mixture and stir until well combined.
- Next, in a 8"x 8"x 3" baking dish, spread out meat mixture followed by mashed potatoes. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley flakes.