St. Patrick’s Shepherd’s Pie


Not only did St. Patrick work as a shepherd when he was a slave, but he later became an ordained bishop, a shepherd for the Lord. You can remember this on his feast day by making a simple shepherd’s pie for dinner and embellishing it with his symbol for the Trinity (here, we use a green pepper sliced to look like a shamrock). Recipe serves 4-6

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 cup frozen carrots
  • 2 1/2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 green pepper (with three lobes)
  1. Brown the ground beef and add the broth, then salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Mix in the peas and carrots, and then put the ground beef mixture into a pie or casserole dish.
  3. Arrange the mashed potatoes on top however you’d like.
  4. Slice the green pepper crossways to get a shamrock shape (you’ll get the best shamrock from a slice closest to the bottom end of the pepper). Place this “shamrock” on top of the mashed potatoes, adding another silver of pepper to make a stem.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the pie is warm throughout and the mashed potatoes start to brown on the edges.


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