How to make Shepherd’s Pie

Published: Mar. 10, 2023 at 10:29 AM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - When you are at an event like Shamrocks and Shenanigans, you don’t want to sit in one spot - so you’ll probably want to eat as you move around.

So, Chef Shahin Afsharian, of Plant Riverside District, has made an Irish specialty mobile with Shepherd’s Pie in a cone.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 pounds lean ground lamb
  • 1 onion, diced
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 ½ cups water, or as needed
  • 1 (12 ounce) package frozen peas and carrots, thawed
  • 2 ½ pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and halved
  • ¼ pound Irish cheese (such as Dubliner®), shredded
  • ¼ cup cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Irish butter
  • 1 pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  • Place olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in ground lamb and onion; cook and stir until meat is brown and crumbly, about 10 minutes.
  • Stir in flour until incorporated. Mix in garlic, ketchup, rosemary, paprika, cinnamon, salt, and pepper; cook and stir until garlic is fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Stir in water, scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the Dutch oven. Reduce heat to medium-low and bring mixture to a simmer; cook and stir until thick, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Remove lamb mixture from heat, then stir in peas and carrots until combined.
  • Spread lamb mixture into the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish; set aside.
  • Place potatoes into a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and cook until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain well and return potatoes to the pot.
  • Mash Irish cheese, cream cheese, butter, and cayenne pepper into potatoes until smooth. Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Whisk together egg yolk and milk in a small bowl; stir into mashed potato mixture.
  • Top lamb mixture in the baking dish with mashed potatoes; spread evenly to cover.
  • Bake in the preheated oven until the top is golden brown and sauce is bubbling up around the edges, 25 to 30 minutes.