"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."
You do not need much to fill the tables with tasty food. You just have to prepare this wonderful dish and enjoy it. A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie has a unique and unrepeatable taste, as a result of which for many people it has become one of the most important and favorite parts of the menu.
Method for A Scotsman's Shepherd Pie
- 1Stir 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.
- 2Heat 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.
- 3Stir 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.
- 4Heat beer in a saucepan over medium heat; add beef bouillon. Cook and stir beer mixture until bouillon is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
- 5Heat 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.
- 6Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Grease a 9x12-inch baking dish.
- 7Pour 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.
- 8Broil in the preheated oven until crust is browned and cheese is melted, 4 to 5 minutes. Cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
- 5 cups mashed, boiled potatoes
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 2 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 pound ground lamb
- 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1 (16 ounce) can stewed tomatoes with juice, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1 cup Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)
- 1 cube beef bouillon
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 3/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika