Guinness Shepard’s Pie Topped With Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes With Horseradish

Even though I’m from good Irish/English/Scottish/Welsh stock, I never loved Guinness.  I would daintily wrinkle my nose and decline.  Until…

Magilla and I took a trip to Scotland and Ireland in 2015 for our honeymoon. The first leg of our trip was in Ireland and we spent a couple of days in Dublin. We took a tour of the Guinness Storehouse and this was the definitive moment that I became a fan of this nectar. If you have ever seen the movie Pink Panther with Steve Martin, refer to the scene in which he first has a hamburger and you’ll get the gist of that particular moment.


I drank my glass and Magilla’s glass and I don’t think he was entirely proud of me since it technically wasn’t even 11AM.  I made the excuse that the time change from New Jersey to Ireland must be a factor and it was five o’clock somewhere.  Therefore my new found and profound fondness of said beverage was justified as an afternoon aperitif.  He informed me that I wasn’t very good at the math calculation of time zones; so unless I drank beer for breakfast at home my argument didn’t hold water.  In truth I was totally jetlagged and couldn’t think my way out of a paper bag.  So, FAIR COMMENT DEAR HUSBAND!

Bless his indulgent, sweet heart.

Guinness Shepard's Pie Topped with Yukon Gold Mashed Potates with Horseradish

Shepard's Pie with a twist.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: basking ridge, bernardsville, carrots, chick peas, Guinness, horseradish, mascarpone, mashed potatoes, morris county, morrisotwn, somerset county, somerville
Servings: 8
Calories: 410kcal


  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 3 carrots medium sized. Peeled and diced
  • 1 leek Large, washed well and thinly sliced
  • 2 parsnips Large - Peeled and diced
  • 1 1/2 cups peas thaw if using frozen
  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary finely minced
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef you can also use lamb, turkey, leftover steak. Whatever your preference is
  • 3/4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup extra sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes with Horseradish please see link for full recipe


  • Prepare the vegetables and herbs
  • Brown the meat.  Add salt and pepper to taste as you cook.  In kitchen matters, I often how would Julia handle this?  What would Julia do?  Julia would taste along the way 
  • Preheat oven to 375°
  • Remove the meat once fully browned and throw in the carrots and the parsnips. Cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes until softened
  • Add the leeks and the rosemary and salt and pepper. Cook for another five minutes
  • Add the thawed peas, and then the beef broth and cook down for five to eight minutes
  • Add the flour and stir briskly until it coats and incorporates into the mixture
  • Add the beef and blend completely. Sprinkle some more flour on top and mix down. A nice gravy should start forming in the bottom of the pan
  • Put into a large greased (I use vegetable oil cooking spray) baking dish and top with the mashed potatoes
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 375°. Top with cheddar and bake for another 10 minutes
  • Let sit for 10 minutes before serving


Today's selection of menu is made with my beloved Guinness.  I made it with love and I hope you enjoy this fun comfort food as much as we do.


Calories: 410kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 516mg | Potassium: 758mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 4371IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 3mg
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