Individual mini shepherds pies are the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Make these simple entrees quickly and easily too.
We didn’t grow up eating shepherd’s pie but when I saw it on a cooking segment many years ago, I knew I had to make it. Since St. Patrick’s day is just around the corner, these individual mini shepherd’s pies are ideal for serving family or entertaining guests. These small dishes are full of flavor and what’s not to love? It has protein, veggies, and mashed potatoes!
To be precise these are actually “cottage pies” as they’re made with ground beef instead of lamb or mutton, but I don’t think your diners will mind. I love the idea of making and serving these in individual portion sizes. It reminds me of how restaurants serve things and I just adore this small baking dishes and use them any chance I get. Of course you could make this up in a larger casserole dish as well, and they taste just as good.
Individual Mini Shepherd’s Pies
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 – 15 oz can Beefy Mushroom soup
- 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup cooked peas
- 1 cup sliced carrots, cooked
- 4 cups mashed potatoes
Cook ground beef all the way through, and drain excess fat. Add soup and cornstarch to beef and continue cooking on high until it reaches a boil. Cook for about 2 minutes while stirring; reduce to low until thickened.
Add peas and Worcestershire to meat mixture, and combine.
Begin layering in small ramekins or baking dishes: meet mixture, carrots, mashed potatoes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes, and serve.
If you make these for St. Patrick’s day, don’t forget to serve with an Irish beer like Guinness, or a cocktail like my green leprechaun! If you’re entertaining guests you can incorporate this “lucky number” game idea too.
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