In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, I also decided to add Guinness to the dish, as well as make a Guinness gravy! Let's just say we hoovered this meal down! Oh, and don't let the ingredient list scare you. It may seem like a lot, but it really is so easy to make, and so worth it too!
For the Meat Mixture:
-1 to 2 tablespoons butter
-1.5 pounds ground beef or lamb
-1 large onion, diced
-1 cup of carrots, diced
-4 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 tablespoon tomato paste
-1/4 cup flour
-1 cup Guinness (optional - if you do not use then you may need to add more beef broth)
-1 cup beef broth
-1/2 cup red wine
-1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
-1 cup frozen peas
-Salt and pepper to taste (can season with oregano, parsley, etc if desired)
For the Potatoes:
-About 4 large potatoes
-1/2 cup heavy cream (may need to add more or add some milk)
-4 tablespoons butter
-Salt, pepper, and parsley to taste
-Freshly shredded white cheddar cheese
Gravy (adapted from Irish American Mom)
-1 1/2 cups water
-2 packets brown gravy mix
-About 1/4 to 1/3 cup Guinness
-1 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
-1 teaspoon tomato paste
-1 teaspoon brown sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large pot, boil the potatoes until fork tender (about 15-20 minutes). Strain the water and mash immediately while still hot. Stir in the cream and butter and season to taste. If the potatoes are not "whipped" and smooth enough, then add a little more cream or milk until it is the consistency you prefer.
In a separate, large, pan, melt the butter and saute the onions, carrots, and garlic. Add the meat and season with salt and pepper and any other spices you prefer. Once the meat begins to cook a bit more, stir in the tomato paste. Then, stir in the flour. Add the wine, and allow to reduce a little before adding in the Guinness and the broth. Simmer for about a half hour.
Then, stir in the worcestershire sauce and peas. Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes.
In a lightly greased 9x13 pan or casserole dish, spread the meat mixture evenly over the bottom of the dish. Then, take the mashed potatoes and spread them evenly on top of the meat mixture. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the edges are bubbly and crisp, and the top begins to golden. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or longer. It's sometimes best to make this the day before so all of the flavors meld together more, like a lasagna!
Pour the gravy over your portion of pie, and dig in!