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Shepherd’s Pie with Porter & Shallot Gravy

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For St. Patty’s Day this year I decided to make a classic Irish dish, but with a twist. I’ve added a rich porter beer and shallot gravy. I like shepherd’s pie, but I’ve always found it to be a little dry and in need of some flavor help.

This gravy adds a deep, rich and complex flavor. I was almost sure that the rest of family wouldn’t care for it, but to my surprise they liked it.

Ingredients

  • FOR THE PIE:
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Unsalted
  • 1 whole Medium White Onion, Chopped To 1/4" (about 1 1/2 Cups)
  • 2 cups Frozed Peas And Carrots
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef, Lamb, Or A Mixture Of Both
  • 4 Tablespoons All-purpose Flour
  • 1 clove Garlic, Minced
  • 2 cups Beef Broth
  • ¼ cups Parsley Chopped Fine
  • 1 Tablespoon Thyme, Chopped Fine
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 6 cups Mashed Potatoes, Prepared In Advance
  • _____
  • FOR THE GRAVY:
  • 3 Tablespoons Minced Shallot
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter, Unsalted
  • ¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2 cups Porter Beer (I Used Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter)
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper

Preparation

For the pie:
Melt the butter in large sauteuse or saute pan over medium-high heat.

Add the onion and sweat until they are soft and translucent.

Add the peas and carrots to the pan, stir to combine and heat through, then remove the mixture to a bowl and set aside.

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Return the pan to the heat, add the meat, and brown (do not drain grease).

Once meat is browned, sprinkle the flour over the meat and stir well to combine.

Add the garlic, broth, herbs, salt and pepper to the pan and mix well.

Bring the mixture to a slight boil and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half.

Add the vegetable mixture to the pan, stir and remove from the heat.

Spread the meat and vegetable mixture evenly in the bottom of a greased large oval or 9″ x 13″ baking dish.

Spread the prepared mashed potatoes evenly over the meat.

Bake for 30 minutes then remove the pie from the oven and set aside.

While it’s baking, make the gravy:
Return the pan to the heat at medium-high.

Sweat the shallots over medium heat until they are translucent, then remove to a bowl and set aside.

Return the pan to the heat and melt the butter.

When the butter is foaming, add the flour and whisk very well to make a roux.

Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the roux starts to develop a nutty aroma (about two minutes).

Reduce the heat to medium and add the porter and broth.

Continue whisking until the mixture is smooth with no lumps.

Return the shallots to the pan and add the remaining gravy ingredients. Bring the mixture just to a light boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook another five minutes.

Remove the gravy to a bowl.

Serve the pie with a good amount of the gravy spooned on top and enjoy!

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cookman73 on 8.16.2011

Even better – Sam Smith’s Taddy Porter comes in 4 packs – so you still get the other three for yourself! The gravy sounds great – can’t wait to put some on the normal Shepherd’s pie!

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Kimby on 3.20.2011

Even though St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone, I am MAKING THIS! Much tastier than the ol’ Shepherd’s Pie.
P.S. I’m still addicted to your BBQ sauce. :)

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shilohbarkley on 4.3.2011

I wasn’t about to wait until 3/17/12 to make this dish. It was pretty good. I liked that it was rich and saucy and it didn’t even have any cheese. I will save this recipe and make it again!!!

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