Shepherd’s Pie – A Traditional Favourite That’s Just Right for St. Patrick’s Day

March 4, 2021

On a chilly late winter day, a warm dish like Shepherd’s Pie can be especially satisfying

And it’s interesting to note, with St. Patrick’s Day coming soon, that this familiar, comforting favorite has a strong connection to Ireland, where lamb is most often the meat used in this classic meal. Ground beef, the protein in the delicious Let’s Cook version, also appears often in Irish Shepherd’s Pie.

Shepherd’s Pie has variations across Britain, where the dish originated in the 18th century, first in England and in Scotland where, according to the Oxford Companion to Food, pastry was often used instead of mashed potatoes as a topping.

Also known as Cottage Pie, which is usually made with ground beef, Shepherd’s Pie was traditionally a way for frugal families to put leftovers to good use. After being adopted in Ireland, Shepherd’s Pie became one of Ireland’s most beloved meals.  

Shepherd’s Pie is one of the most popular dishes in the Let’s Cook menu.  Our chefs have perfected this classic favourite with ground beef and vegetables, blended with our wonderful house-made gravy, topped with a mix of cheeses, then baked to a golden brown. The Let’s Cook Shepherd’s Pie is complemented with Caesar Salad and Sharp Cheddar Biscuits. If you haven’t yet tasted the Let’s Cook Shepherd’s Pie, you’re in for a treat!

Picturing of the green hills of Ireland, where Shepherd’s Pie was adopted and developed centuries ago, helps bring to mind the pleasant fact that spring will soon be here in southern Alberta, too. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, from everyone at Let’s Cook!

Written by Cathy, Let’s Cook Content Manager

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