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The Italian Irishman's Pie

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"This is a recipe my Irish aunt gave me. Her husband is Italian, and she developed this recipe to blend things they both like. It is a variation of Shepherd's Pie. For richer flavor, substitute beef broth for water in gravy."
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1 h 10 m servings 415
Original recipe yields 6 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Grease a 2-quart casserole dish.
  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat; cook and stir Italian sausage until browned and crumbly, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to prepared casserole dish. Drain drippings and reserve 2 tablespoons drippings in the skillet.
  4. Melt 2 tablespoons margarine in a separate skillet over medium heat; cook and stir apple and onion slices until tender, about 8 minutes. Place apple and onion in casserole dish with sausage.
  5. Lightly stir sausage, apple, and onion together; season with salt, black pepper, and oregano.
  6. Brown flour in reserved drippings in skillet over medium heat. Whisk water into flour until thick gravy forms, about 3 minutes.
  7. Pour gravy over sausage mixture in the casserole dish; spread mashed potatoes over the top with a spoon, creating peaks. Lightly brush mashed potatoes with 1 tablespoon melted margarine.
  8. Bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are lightly browned and the sausage mixture is bubbling, about 30 minutes.


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  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 415 calories; 27.2 30.5 12.6 36 1019 Full nutrition

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I really enjoyed this for dinner and am so glad I gave it a try! Sicne it was not specified, I chose to use braeburn apples which I love for cooking. I did make a few minor changes. I had some c...

This was really tasty! I used chicken broth instead of water in the gravy, since we didn't have beef broth. Otherwise, I followed the recipe as written. Next time, I think I'll go up to 1 1/2...

My guys really loved this one! I didn't use the apple because I didn't have any on hand, but will add it next time. I did saute some diced red pepper with the onions, and made the gravy with chi...

This recipie has now made it into our fall winter dinner rotation.

Made this using venison mild sausage. I HATE venison, but trying to oblige the men in the house. Followed the recipe as written except made my mashed potatoes to my liking. Excellent recipe! T...

This is tasty :). I did make a few tweaks....added peas and carrots, cooked just about equal parts ground beef and sausage (beef being a little more) and for the gravy mix...used 1 cup Guinne...

Followed exactly with the exception of topping. I used sweet potato mash dusted with nutmeg. Also beef stock in the gravy. Subbed basil for oregano….not exactly "exactly" huh? Love this dish...

I really liked this recipe! I make beef shepherds pie often, so it was a really nice change of pace with the sausage and apples. It was very moist and had a wonderful flavor. I will be making th...

This dish was excellent! It was easy to prepare, and a crown pleaser. I used chicken broth instead if the water, and used the instant garlic mashed potatoes.