|Shepherd's Pie with Ulster Champ Topping|
This year I am making a version of Shepherds Pie topped with Ulster Champ which is a potato dish named after the Ulster Provence in Northern Ireland. De reir a cheile a thogtar na caisleain [deh rare ah kay-lee a hug-tar nah cosh-lawn] is something the Irish may be well qualified to advise on in today’s hectic world. It means “It takes time to build castles.” Just as it takes time to build a life and castles it takes time to make Shepherd's Pie. You will be happy you reinvented the wheel and tried this version of an old classic. I love simple clean dishes and figured this would be a good one to try leading up to or after drinking my green beer.
St. Patrick’s Day is a fun celebration of Irish heritage. Why not celebrate by giving the little leprechauns in your life a special pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with a tasty dish or two?
"May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you."
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Back in the day when I lived in Alberta I worked for an insurance company where we shipped cattle mostly to the Eastern provinces. In the 5 years that I worked there I grew to know and love many of the Alberta ranchers and their families. On the Canadian Beef website it says, "By choosing Canadian Beef, you are supporting your rural neighbours and Canada‘s economy. There are 86,000 farms and ranches with beef cattle in Canada, 61% of which are small family farms (that‘s 52,460 Canadian families) with less than 47 cows each. With 86,000 beef producers in Canada, and beef produced in every province, eating local beef is as easy as making sure it‘s Canadian. Each of Canada‘s beef producers serve as stewards of the land, dedicating their lives to ensuring both the land and cattle are raised and maintained in the healthiest way possible."
Canadian beef is nutritious and produced according to world class quality and safety standards. It has 14 essential nutrients needed for healthy living. Bite for bite Canadian beef is a nutrient rich choice for you and your family. For those of you who know me you know I am always up for supporting local producers and Canadian products. Visit the Canadian Beef website for many delicious recipes and ideas as well as nutritional information and support your local producers!!
May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!
This pie is also part of the annual Paddy's Day Parade over at the The Daily Spud. Check out the roundup on the 17th!!! You know I had to gollow a blog called the Daily Spud!!!!
Addendum: In Canada if the filling is made with beef, chicken, lamb or old socks it is still called Shepherd's Pie:D
**Shepherds's Pie with Ulster Champ Topping**
1 tablespoon olive oil
1½ pounds ground beef
½ cup onion, diced
½ cup carrots, diced
1 to 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
¼ cup Guinness draught stout or ¼ cup cabernet wine
7 ounces (¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons) beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp Tabasco
pinch smoked paprika
1 fresh bay leaf
1/4 tsp dried thyme
small handful fresh flatleaf parsley, roughly chopped
1 cup peas, preferably fresh, or frozen (thawed)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Ulster Champ Topping
1¼ pounds russet potatoes, 4 medium
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely grated white Cheddar cheese
¼ cup milk
¼ cup fresh parsley, finely minced
2 Spring onions, chopped
handful frozen peas, cooked
Salt and white pepper to taste
Brown beef in a Dutch oven or other large heavy saucepot over low to moderate heat in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Allow to simmer until cooked throughout, about 5 to 10 minutes. Drain excess fat when cooked and add onion, carrots, garlic, stout or wine, broth, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, smoked paprika, bay leaf and thyme. Stir and bring to a simmer over low heat. Cook 15 minutes or until carrots are fork tender. Add 1 cup peas. Remove bay leaf.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter and stir in flour to make a roux (paste of equal parts butter and flour used to thicken liquids). Slowly incorporate roux into simmering beef mixture until desired thickness is achieved. (If mixture was simmered too long or cooked too high, less roux is needed.) Continue to cook for 5 to 10 minutes to allow roux and flavors to meld. Season with salt and pepper.
Remove to a 9½-inch round casserole dish or deep pie dish.
While meat is simmering, preheat oven to 350 degrees and prepare Ulster Champ Topping.
Scrub and peel potatoes. Cut into large pieces. For the champ topping, heat a pan of salted water, add the potatoes and bring gently to the boil, then simmer until the potatoes are nearly cooked through, about 15-20 minutes..Melt the butter in a small saucepan over a low heat, then gently fry the spring onions until softened. Add the milk and heat through. Drain well and return pot to low heat to remove excess moisture. Stir in butter and cheese and whip, gradually adding milk, parsley and scallions or chives. Mix in cooked peas. Season with salt and pepper.
Spoon potato topping evenly over meat mixture, making irregular peaks with the back of a spoon. Alternatively, use a pastry bag and star tip to pipe potatoes over meat mixture.
Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until potatoes are golden brown and crusty on edges and mixture is heated throughout.
If desired, place casserole under broiler for 1 to 2 minutes to crisp potato topping. Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly to set, and serve immediately from casserole dish. Serve with HP sauce (Irish-English steak-style sauce), steak sauce or pan gravy, if desired.
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