These were simply delicious. I would have followed the recipe to a T, but I didn't have ground pork or red pepper flakes. Instead, I used 2 lbs of beef and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper in place of the red pepper flakes. These were delicious and guess what?! They didn't fall apart! I LOVE Chef John's recipes! If you haven't yet, try his Irish Shepard's Pie! YUM!
And to the lady who said that they were swimming in liquid when you took them out of the oven... If you watched the video on how to make these, he prefers to use an 80% lean, 20% fat meat, which I indeed used in my recipe. It has more flavor and because it has more fat, the fat will cook out and that's all the liquid that you see. It's normal. Also, if you live at a high altitude like I do, you'll probably need to cook them just a smidge longer than 20 minutes. Mine were in for 25 and they were perfectly browned and cooked inside.
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These were simply delicious. I would have followed the recipe to a T, but I didn't have ground...