Earlier this year, my boyfriend and I scored an awesome deal on a trip to Dublin, Ireland. We spent five days exploring the city and eating our way around it. Yes, the Guinness really does taste better over there. It’s a little sweeter and has a lot less of an umami taste.
We had a great time in Dublin. When I got back to the U.S., I knew I had to make shepherd’s pie for the blog. I had so many variations there, with both beef and lamb, and I wanted to try it out for myself. I set out to look for a good recipe I thought might be similar to what I had over on the Emerald Isle.
I stumbled across this one and thought it looked pretty good. I decided ground lamb was the way to make it extra shepherd-y.
I invited a bunch of friends over for a dinner party to help me eat the dish. Good thing I did; the recipe yielded an enormous pie. It could easily feed eight to 12 people.
One other thing to note: this is definitely a weekend dinner. It took a couple hours to get everything together.
When I took my first bite, I knew I had found the pot of gold. It was an awesome, savory, gravy-filled bowl of potato-lamb goodness. This is a meal that is approachable enough for picky eaters (especially if you go the beef route, although… lamb is better!), and is also elegant enough to impress your guests. Try out this recipe for yourself, and enjoy a trip back to Ireland with me!