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!

Published by bblake10

I'm originally from the beautiful island of Jamaica. In Jamaica, we always find a reason to celebrate. And, when there's a celebration, there is music, fun and of course, food, great food. Presently, I reside in So. Florida.Living here in Florida offers varied cultures, people of different ethnic backgrounds. I've a great passion for the culinary side of life. Therefore, being in So. Fl., provides me the great accessibility of fresh seafood, fruits and vegetables. Moreover, I've the choice to indulge in a amazing foods from different cuisines.This ability provides great inspiration for me to retreat to my humble kitchenette and replicate these dishes.It warms my heart to be able to break bread with loved ones. I'm an avid reader and love to get lost between these beautiful words. I find reading to be a social activity because it allows me a peek inside other people's minds which in turn makes me more empathetic towards others. One day in the near future, I hope to publish my very own words in the area of poetry as well as my other love, food. Yoga and speed walking are just a few of the things that keep me balanced and centered. I love family and friends; and, of course, wholesome foods with a glass of cocktail. Life is what you make of it. And, I try to savor and enjoy the simple and precious moments.

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