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A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie Recipe
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A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie
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A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie

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"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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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  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.
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  • Cook's Notes:
  • If using instant potatoes, use a quality brand like Honest Earth® All Natural Creamy Mash.
  • Smoky sharp Cheddar works best.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 20, 2014

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 in three different countries, and I LOVE to cook! I have been making shepherds pie for 20 years but this will be the only shepherds pie recipe I ever use from now on! The only thing I changed was that I added more carrots and peas - I probably doubled them at least. It was wonderful and we couldn't stop eating it and my husband keeps asking me when I will be making it again (even though it is now 112 degrees outside, lol) Comfort food at it's BEST!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 02, 2015

Too much work and not that great

Oct 14, 2014

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 didn't have enough lamb, so I mixed some sausage in to make up the difference and to add a bit of saltiness to the meat. Finally, I layered the meat, then the veggies, and potatoes on top. I baked it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes because it had cooled a bit by the time I got it put together, and then I topped it with cheese, parsley, paprika, and put it under the broiler till the cheese bubbled. My whole family loved it, including my daughter, who likes nothing I make. The changes I made were due to personal preference, not because I felt the recipe needed changed. The beer gravy is what makes this recipe amazing, so, no matter what you do, don't change that part at all. Except, of course, if you want more gravy. Next time, I will double the gravy and pour it over the potatoes. It's just so good!

Jan 02, 2015

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 interested. Kudos for using the Guinness! The only thing I did different was to add the flour to the meat mixture and stir and cook for a couple minutes then add the broth directly. This is the method I use for sausage gravy, it saves a step and a pan and you never have any lumps. This Irish girl approves darklordlarry!

Jan 22, 2014

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

Apr 25, 2014

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, corn for the peas, and beef for the lamb. Super simple to make and yields an excellent result. This is one for the recipe box!

Jul 10, 2014

Fantastic! I considered using ground beef since it's a bit easier to find, but that would have been a big mistake. This recipe is absolutely perfect and the directions were very easy to follow.

Dec 10, 2014

I made the recipe as written but doubled the beer gravy. That was my first lamb dish and I was pleased with how it turned out. my son on the other hand is not a fan.


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  • Calories
  • 386 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 30.4 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 96 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 21.4 g
  • 33%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 17 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 561 mg
  • 22%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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