St Patrick’s Day – Just a little bit Irish

St Patrick's Day - Just a little bit Irish with homestyle shepherd's pie

St Patrick’s Day – Just a little bit Irish

St Patrick's Day - Just a little bit Irish. Homestyle shepherd's pieWe’d love to think there’s a little bit of Irish in all of us when it comes to St Patrick’s Day and enjoying traditional fare like Shepherd’s pie, Irish stew, soda bread and corned beef.

But the irony is St Patrick wasn’t Irish either. He was born to Roman parents in Scotland or Wales around 375AD.

The saintly chap is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland after surviving quite an exciting earlier life of being kidnapped by pirates and being sold into slavery in Ireland before he became a priest.

The day of celebration itself, namely 17th of March, is also shrouded in mystery. Some say it was the day of his death, while others think it was the day he was born.

I guess we’ll never know.

One thing we do know for sure is that there’s nothing better than celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a good old Shepherd’s pie and a cheeky pint of Guinness.

Enjoy this recipe from the #soupedup kitchen. Great for those on texture modified diets too!

IngredientsAllergens PrepUnitServe 30 
Potato, Pale skin, Unpeeled rawkg1.5
Oil, Vegetableml30
Beef, Mince, Rawkg3
Onion, Brown, RawFine Diceg300
Tomato, Pastecheck labelg90
Sauce, Worcestershire, Commercialcheck labelml60
Flour, Wheat, White plaingluten

Stock, Beef, Commercialcheck labell1.2
Egg, Chicken, Yolk raweggg16.6
Milk, Cow, Fluid regular fat (~3.5%)dairyml30
Salt, Cookingg30
Pepper, Black or white, Groundg30


1. Fry meat and onions in hot oil until brown. Combine stock and salt and pepper.

2. Simmer until meat is tender. Bring to the boil, add roux, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

3. Adjust salt and pepper. Pour into dishes. Allow to cool. Cover with potatoes. Brush with butter then sprinkle with grated cheese.

4. Bake 1/2 – 3/4 hour in hot oven or until top is well browned.

5. Sprinkle with parsley.

Dietary suitability

Healthy ChoicesServe with vegetables or salad.
Vegetarian DietReplace beef mince with vegetarian mince. Replace beef stock with vegetable stock.
FortifiedStir through butter or oil. Sprinkle with extra cheese before serving.
Gluten FreeUse gluten free flour instead of flour when preparing roux. Stock may contain gluten; choose gluten free stock.
Dairy FreeReplace butter with dairy free butter. Replace cheese with soy cheese. Use dairy free butter instead of butter when preparing roux. Replace butter with dairy free margarine. Replace cream with soy milk.
PureedSuitable to be pureed.

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