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March. If it’s come in like a lion, you may want to try out some lamb in this Shepherd’s Pie. I plucked this recipe from my giant binder of recipes that houses all of my magazine clippings, and I giggled a bit when I saw it came from Men’s Journal. Where on earth did I pick up a Men’s Journal? Or better yet, why?

Regardless, I’m glad I had it because the recipe resulted in a delicious Shepherd’s Pie. I’d never cooked with parsnips or turnips before, and unless it’s a potato or the occasional carrot, I’m generally not thrilled with root vegetables (beets have been my least favorite food since infancy). I happily found all of the vegetables in this dish pleased my taste buds,  and overall the Shepherd’s Pie had a sweet yet tangy flavor I fancied.  

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I got my second laugh when I read the “three beers that will perfect your meal” portion of the recipe. It started, “The knee-jerk choice is Guinness…” I used Guinness because a) I like it, and b) my local grocery store ran a promotion on it last week. Men’s Health may call it “knee-jerk”, but I call that a “win-win.”

I wanted to up the flavor by topping the Shepherd’s Pie with special mashed potatoes like my Grandma makes. I roughly halved her recipe that calls for cream cheese and sour cream to be whipped into the potatoes, and I included it in the notes below. I opted not to peel my potatoes before boiling and mashing, but of course, that option is yours.

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The Shepherd’s Pie I cooked up was very juicy. You may want to place the cast iron skillet on a baking sheet to avoid drips of grease falling from the skillet, causing a small oven fire, and leading to shouts of, “ there’s a fire in the oven, there’s a fire in the oven .” (Yes, I’m speaking from  personal experience here.) If you do not own a cast iron skillet, not to worry, you can always cook the Shepherd’s Pie mixture in a regular skillet and transfer it to an oven-safe dish for baking. Enjoy!

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Shepherd's Pie
Recipe type: Entree
  • 1 pound lamb
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 parnspis, chopped
  • 1 turnip, chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  1. Brown the lamb in a cast iron skillet coated with olive oil over medium heat.
  2. When the lamb is fully cookied, remove the meat from the skillet and add the chopped onion, carrots, parsnips, and turnip.
  3. Cook the vegetables until tender, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the lamb back to the skillet, and stir in the peas, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and beer.
  5. Cook until the mixture is reduced by half, then add the chicken broth.
  6. Top with mashed potatoes and bake at 375 degrees F until golden, about 20 minutes.
Grandma M's Mashed Potatoes 4 medium potatoes 2 ounces cream cheese ¼ cup sour cream ¼ cup milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 teaspoon onion or garlic salt Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Allow to cool to room temperature, then mash and add the remaining ingredients. Beat until fluffy.

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