The Ultimate Shepherd's Pie

The Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie

  • Author: Maury
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 35
  • Total Time: 45
  • Yield: 6 1x


The Ultimate Shepherd’s Pie recipe has whiskey, peas, corn, and mushrooms to make an Irish influence. It’s fantastic on a cold winter evening, with really hearty flavors and a slight boozy sweetness, it’s worth taking seconds.



For the Filling

1 lb ground beef or lamb

1 onion diced

2 carrots diced

1 garlic clove minced

1 tbsp tomato paste

1 tbsp flour

6 oz whiskey

6 oz frozen corn kernels

6 oz frozen peas

For the Crust

5 yukon gold or idaho potatoes

1 egg yolk 

6 oz heavy cream


For the Filling

Saute meat, onions, garlic, carrots, and mushrooms until browned. Stir in tomato paste, whiskey, and flour, letting the liquid reduce by half. The sauce will start to thicken. Incorporate the peas and corn until the peas are heated through.

For the Crust

Peel potatoes and chop them. Place them in cold water and boil until they are fork tender –don’t boil the water ahead of time. Drain and stir in heavy cream and butter. Using a whisk, incorporate the cream into the potatoes, whipping everything together until it forms an even mixture. Add the egg yolk, stir, and mount on top of the filling.

Bake at 400 degrees until the peaks start to brown. Remove from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes.


I like to do this in a deep pan cast iron skillet. Saves more dishes to clean afterwards and makes this a 2 pot meal.

  • Category: Entree
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Irish

Keywords: Shepherd's Pie, Beef Shepherd's Pie, Traditional Shepherd's Pie, Skillet Shepherd's Pie, irish shepherd's pie, irish shepherd's pie, shepherd's pie with beef, shepherd's pie ground beef ,best shepherds pie recipe