It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without an Irish dish. And what better way to get a snippet of good luck than with a generous wedge of Shepard’s pie. If you don’t have chopped lamb or beef, don’t sweat it. Shhhh, I used some Italian spicy sausage I had on hand. What was I going do? Have you seen the prices? There was no way I was going to purchase lamb or beef for those prices.

Rendered my sausage pieces in a hot skillet and set aside. Then, I added a mixed vegetables both fresh and frozen and made sure to season with salt, black pepper, dried basil and a few sprigs of thyme. Added back my sausage pieces then covered with smooth and buttery Irish mashed potatoes.

With a sprinkle of cheddar cheese, light bread crumbs and drizzle of olive oil, I baked my Shepard’s for at 350 degrees until all the cheese melted and pie was set. When I cut in it, oh, it was all so succulent and delicious. All those ingredients released delicious and superb gravy. I’m quite sure an Irish chap would just lap it up with a chunk of soda bread and do the River Dance. And guess what? I think he wouldn’t mind the Italian sausage.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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