One dish that we had frequently going up - though it's probably more British than Irish - is my mother's take on Shepherd's Pie, or Hash, as she called it. We had a lamb roast a few weeks ago and I made up some Shepherd's Pie, which was pretty tasty, and as I remembered it.
Mom's Shepherd's Pie
- The remnants of a roast (beef, lamb, pork), about 2 lbs, ground, or chopped finely.
- Mashed potatoes
- Peas (Mom used to use canned, I used about 1/2 cup of frozen)
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- Worcestershire sauce
- Beef stock
- Prepare the mashed potatoes, set aside
- Saute the onion in a skillet lightly
- Mix the meat, onion, and peas in a large bowl
- Add beef stock and Worcestershire as needed if mix is too dry (you want there to be some moisture in the mix)
- (Optional) Place some mashed potatoes on the bottom of a casserole dish
- Spoon the meat mix into the casserole dish
- Spread mashed potatoes on top of the casserole dish