St Patty’s Day is Monday and I’ve done my fair share of all-day marathon St Patty’s Day celebrations, but on a Monday? I just don’t have that kind of stamina anymore! I mean, I’m not actually Irish, but I am a redhead and green looks good on me so I feel that I need to commemorate the day. Since it’s on #buzzkill Monday and I’m not the sprightly young 21-year-old I once was, I will need to take it down a notch. What better way to do so than with food!? The problem is, I’ve had very bad experiences with St Patty’s- themed dinners. When I was a kid my mom would make corned beef and cabbage, the BAIN of my existence. I couldn’t stand the smell or the look of it, let alone the taste. I would fill up on Irish soda bread and then be starving later in the night. I desperately need some Irish deliciousness in my life and this recipe for American Shepherd’s Pie is the pot of gold at then end of the St.-Patty’s-Day-is-on-Monday rainbow!
Why American Shepherd’s Pie do you ask? Well, I live in America. Though we are celebrating the Irish, why not give a shout out to the U.S. of A.? Traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground lamb and sometimes ground beef, but MY Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground buffalo. What meat is more American than buffalo?!
And this is ultra-good farmer’s market buffalo. These buffalo grew up in the buffalo Ritz Carlton with beautiful pastures to graze in and they are fed no preservative, hormone free, locally grown delicious buffalo-eats. And if you’ve never tasted buffalo meat – it’s freakin’ awesome. It has a similar flavor to beef but is much leaner and healthier – a delicious and flavorful substitute for this Shepherd’s Pie!
This recipe is an Irish-American masterpiece! The buffalo is flavored with onions, carrots, celery, and fresh herbs and topped with light and fluffy mashed potatoes (a recipe that my dad uses at Thanksgiving). It’s then baked in the oven so the mashed potatoes develop a golden, crusty top. If it can get any better, we then melted sharp Irish cheddar that goozed into each potatoey crevice. Hungry?
So let’s make the best of this Monday-St. Patty’s Day and celebrate with an American twist on the traditional Irish Shepherd’s Pie. And if you are the champion that I know you are, I promise that this pie pairs really well with a frothy Guinness or masterfully-mixed Irish Car Bomb. And DON’T forget the soda bread!
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