GREENSBORO, N.C. -- You can't have a traditional Irish meal on St. Patrick's Day without Irish Cottage Pie.

The dish looks a lot like Shepherd's Pie, but there's one key difference. Sheri Castle is the Culinary Expert at The Fresh Market. She says even though both meals have meat and potatoes, they type of meat used makes the difference.

"Cottage pie is made from a potato crust and seasoned beef. Shepherd's pie is very similar, except it's made with lamb," says Castle. "Many people confuse the two pied and think of them as the same."

Castle shared the recipe just in time for St. Patrick's Day.


1.5 lb. ground sirloin

3 tbsp. Kerrygold Unsalted Butter

1 tbsp. The Fresh Market Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 c. sweet onion, chopped (about ½ large onion)

2 celery ribs, chopped

2 c. carrots, peeled and diced (about 2 large carrots)

2 tsp. kosher salt

½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 tbsp. garlic, minced

1 tbsp. tomato paste

5 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1 ½ c. The Fresh Market Beef Stock

1 c. Guinness

1 tsp. fresh rosemary, chopped

1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves

2 bay leaves

1 c. The Fresh Market Frozen Green Peas

1 ½ lbs. red potatoes

1 c. Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese, shredded


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Heat a Dutch oven or a large, wide skillet over medium high heat. Add beef and cook until crumbled and no longer pink. Drain beef of any excess grease and transfer to plate.

Add olive oil and butter to the same pan. Once the butter melts, add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper and sauté until vegetables begin to soften and brown, about 7-10 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 3 minutes.

Reduce heat to medium and add flour, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Vegetable mixture will become very thick. Whisk in beef stock, beer, rosemary, thyme and bay leaves. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any bits from the bottom of the pan.

Stir in beef and peas. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook 7-10 minutes. While mixture simmers and thickens, thinly slice red potatoes (the thinner the better).

Spoon mixture into a 10 x 13" or 10 inch round baking dish, both at least 2 inches deep. Top with sliced potatoes, heavily overlapping each. Sprinkle cheese evenly over potatoes. Cover dish loosely with aluminum foil and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, remove foil and return to oven for additional 30 minutes or until pie is bubbling and potatoes are nicely browned.

Remove from oven and allow to rest a minimum of 20 minutes before serving.

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