Irish Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1onion, diced
  • 2 pounds lean ground lamb
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 ½ cups water, or as needed
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • ¼ pound Irish cheese (such as Dubliner®), shredded
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Step 2

    Place olive oil and butter in Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in onion and ground lamb; brown the meat, breaking it up into small crumbles as it cooks, about 10 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Stir in flour until incorporated, then mix in salt, black pepper, rosemary, paprika, cinnamon, ketchup, and garlic; cook and stir until garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Step 4

    Stir in water and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring mixture to a simmer; cook and stir until thick, about 5-6 minutes.

  • Step 5

    Remove lamb mixture from heat and stir in peas and carrots until combined.

  • Step 6

    Spread lamb mixture into the bottom of a 9×13-inch baking dish and set aside.

  • Step 7

    Place potatoes into a large pan of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to pan.

  • Step 8

    Mash butter, cayenne pepper, cream cheese, and Irish cheese into the potatoes. Mash until combined and potatoes are smooth. Season to taste with salt and black pepper.

  • Step 9

    Whisk together egg yolk and milk in a small bowl; stir into the mashed potato mixture.

  • Step 10

    Top the lamb mixture in the baking dish with the mashed potatoes and spread evenly to cover.

  • Step 11

    Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.

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