Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Creamy mashed potatoes mixed with nutty alehouse cheddar top this classic Shephard’s Pie.  Rich and hearty, this is a “stick to your ribs” dinner that anyone will love.  

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St. Patrick’s Day is upon us.  It’s almost here and that makes me want to eat hearty things filled with beer.  And beef.  And then follow them up with something sweet…filled with booze, like Nutty Irishman Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream Frosting.  It’s one of the only times of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to put booze or beer in all the things….except your baby’s bottle.  Child Services may have an issue with that.

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I put booze in a lot of things, it’s just my way of doing things.  This time I let someone else put the booze in something and then I put that something into my Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes.  I was starting to think I put booze in way too many things and was getting the side-eye so ALDI did it for me.  And now I can say I didn’t actually put booze in something…I just used something that someone else put booze in so it’s not my doing.  Confused yet?  Well….ALDI has this amazing Alehouse Cheddar right now that is just nutty, hoppy and wonderful.  It’s incredible just by itself on a cracker with a big swig of wine but I wanted to mix it all in my fabulous mashed potatoes.  And then I thought…what the heck…let’s add it to the Shepherd’s Pie!  It was a ridiculously fabulous idea.

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This Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes is really easy to make and equally easy on the wallet.  I was able to buy all the ingredients at my local ALDI market and even had some ground beef leftover for burgers the next night.  I also used their Beef Stock for the first time and it’s full of rich flavor that’s really hard to get in a store-bought stock.  They nailed the stock market.  🙂

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Let’s talk cheese for a moment…..the Alehouse Cheddar is so crazy good.  If you don’t eat all of it before you make the potatoes they add such a wonderfully creamy, rich flavor with a slight ale aroma.  There’s also a little bit of sweetness that just blends perfectly with the beef when you take a big bite.  And you’ll take a big bite…it’s inevitable.  It’s so good, you’ll want seconds…and possibly thirds.  You may not even want to share and that’s cool. It’s the best Shepherd’s Pie ever so I completely understand.

Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American, irish, one pot
Keyword: casserole, shepherd's pie
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 545 kcal
Author: Kellie

A One pot dinner, this Shepherd's Pie is the ultimate comfort casserole.

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Ingredients

  • 7 yellow potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 4 tablespoons butter room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup grated Specially Selected Alehouse Cheddar
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 vidalia onion diced
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups Chef's Cupboard Beef Cooking Stock
  • 1 cup Season's Choice Sweet Garden Peas
  • 1 cup Season's Choice Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, add the potatoes and fill with water just to cover. Season with kosher salt and bring the potatoes to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer until tender, approximately 25-30 minutes. Drain and transfer to mixing bowl. Add the butter and cream. Using a hand mixer, beat the potatoes until creamy. Fold in 1 cup of cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. In a large skillet, brown the beef over med-high heat until completely cooked and no longer pink. Transfer to a bowl using a slotted spoon and drain off all but 2 tablespoons fat from the skillet. Return the skillet to the heat and add the onions. Cook until softened. Add the carrots and continue to cook until soft. Stir in the garlic and cook for one minute. Add the tomato pasted and cook until deep burgundy in color, approximately 2-3 minutes. Stir in the thyme and cornstarch continuing to cook for 1 minute longer. Stir in the beef stock, peas, corn and garlic powder. Add salt and pepper to taste. Allow the mixture to cook until slightly thickened and then transfer to a 13x9 inch baking dish.
  4. Spread the mashed potatoes in an even layer over the beef mixture and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and bubbling. (If you're top is not turning golden brown, broil for 2-3 minutes). Serve immediately.
  5. Note: The beef mixture and potatoes can both be made in advance and stored separately in an airtight container for up to 2 days.
Nutrition Facts
Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 545 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 547mg24%
Potassium 1516mg43%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 33g66%
Vitamin A 3755IU75%
Vitamin C 33.8mg41%
Calcium 276mg28%
Iron 9.8mg54%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by ALDI markets.  All opinions and statements about their products are my own, as always.

 

14 comments on “Shepherd’s Pie with Alehouse Cheddar Mashed Potatoes”

  1. I already said this on your Facebook page, but I’ll say it again…I want to make this right now! What an amazing looking Shepherds pie, and it’s even better with the dose of alehouse cheddar.

  2. Shepherd’s Pie is one of my Dad’s specialties. I love the alehouse cheddar mashed potatoes on top of yours!

  3. This is my idea of the perfect comfort food!

  4. I am going to have to look for this Cheddar next time I’m at Aldi! Can’t wait to try this shepherd’s pie.

  5. I’ve never had shepherds pie but I would love to try it.

  6. Shepards pie is one of my all time favorites!!

  7. This is totally the kind of comfort food I love – meat and taters! It looks gooder than good! 😉

  8. This looks absolutely AMAZING! Your photos are making me drool. Pinning this to make later!

  9. I big puffy heart Aldi, it has affordable items that I can buy that I may not get from anywhere else because of the price. This looks amazing by the way!

  10. This would have been perfect for tonight! It looks amazing! Making this soon!

  11. Oh my gosh, I want to shove the entire thing in my face. This is the best shepherd’s pie I’ve seen all day, and I’ve seen A LOT of shepherd’s pie today. This is just fabulous.

  12. What a great looking dish! I LOVE Aldi and have been shopping there since I was a little kid. That alehouse cheddar sounds great…yum!

  13. I love your dishes, they’re beautiful! Shepards Pie is one of my favorite winter comfort foods and I looove that you added alehouse to it!!

  14. This is perfect for the holiday. And considering it’s still frigid here, a great belly warmer. Love the flavors!

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