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A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie

Rated as 4.81 out of 5 Stars

"Yes, shepherd's pie is predominantly thought of as Irish or British. But since I'm Scottish, I thought I'd give it a unique twist to suit my ancestral tastes. The use of lamb, the smoky, heather taste of Guinness® Draught (Irish, I admit), and the topping of sharp Cheddar and smoked paprika give this version its unique, smoky-sweet flavor."
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1 h 15 m servings 386
Original recipe yields 8 servings


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  1. Stir potatoes, sour cream, cream cheese, 1 tablespoon butter, egg yolk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper together in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet or nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add ground lamb, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until browned and crumbly, 4 to 5 minutes. Pour off excess grease and season lamb with salt and black pepper to taste.
  3. Stir tomatoes with juice, onion, and carrot into ground lamb; simmer until vegetables are tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Add peas, reduce heat to low, and cook, stirring frequently, until peas are warmed, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Heat beer in a saucepan over medium heat; add beef bouillon. Cook and stir beer mixture until bouillon is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon butter in a separate pan over medium-low heat until sizzling. Whisk flour into butter until thick and paste-like, about 1 minute. Stir beer mixture and Worcestershire sauce into flour mixture until gravy is smooth and thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir gravy into lamb mixture and simmer until mixture is thickened, at least 5 minutes.
  6. Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Grease a 9x12-inch baking dish.
  7. Pour lamb mixture into the prepared baking dish. Carefully spoon mashed potatoes over lamb mixture, covering like a crust. Sprinkle Cheddar cheese, parsley, and paprika over mashed potatoes.
  8. Broil in the preheated oven until crust is browned and cheese is melted, 4 to 5 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes before serving.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • If using instant potatoes, use a quality brand like Honest Earth® All Natural Creamy Mash.
  • Smoky sharp Cheddar works best.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 386 calories; 21.4 30.4 17 96 561 Full nutrition

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The flavor of this shepherd's pie was great, but why dirty 5 pans?! If you don't have a maid, I'd suggest starting with a large cast iron skillet, cook the meat, onion and carrot together, drai...

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Too much work and not that great

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The flavor of this shepherd's pie was great, but why dirty 5 pans?! If you don't have a maid, I'd suggest starting with a large cast iron skillet, cook the meat, onion and carrot together, drai...

This recipe is to die for! It is so good that my husband and I thought it was quite possibly one of the best things we have ever tasted, and I have a very wide culinary repertoire having lived i...

Awesome shepherd's pie!! Shepherd's pie is supposed to be lamb, (shepherd. . .sheep) So many people use beef and call it shepherd's pie but a beef pie is a "cottage pie", so right away I was i...

This is, hands down, the best shepherds pie recipe Ever!!! I didn't have fresh carrots, so I used a bag of frozen mixed veggies. I added a minced shallot and minced garlic to the potatoes. I di...

Love this recipe. Something out of the ordinary and easy to make. I also enjoyed the left over beer.

I liked that this recipe uses all real ingredients (no canned soup, for example), and it's easy to make simple substitutes with what is on-hand. I subbed in greek yogurt for the sour cream, cor...

This recipe blows all others for Shepard pie. I made a few minor changes to the mashed potatoes. First I only use yukon gold potatos I leave the skin on and my secret to great mashed potatoes is...

This was a little more advanced than my cooking skill. I tried it and it was so good! The steps ended up being easier than anticipated. Tasted like I was eating a meal at a restaurant. I will...

This is the best shepherds pie I've ever tasted. I did use hamburger because I didn't have lamb. I used cornstarch to thicken it because I didn't want to use wheat. But everything else was the s...