Guinness Shepherd’s Pie with Sweet Potatoes

A touch of malty-flavor from the beer is the perfect complement to the sweet potato topping in this twist on classic comfort food.

Potato Topping
  • 1 lb. sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • ½ lb. russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large cubes
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3-4 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1½ lb. ground beef and/or lamb
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. thyme, chopped
  • 1 cup Guinness
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Butter or spray a 2-quart casserole dish; set aside.
  2. In a 3-quart pan boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and mash with butter, half and half, salt and pepper.
  3. Meanwhile in a large skillet over medium heat add butter, onions and carrots; cook 6-8 minutes until softened. Increase heat to medium-high; add meat and garlic. Cook, breaking apart the meat, until browned and internal temperature reaches 165°F. Add tomato paste, thyme and beer; cook 3-4 minutes to reduce beer. Add peas, salt and pepper; adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Transfer meat mixture into prepared pan. Top with mashed sweet potatoes, covering completely. Drag the tines of a fork across the surface of the potatoes to slightly rough up the surface. Bake 30-35 minutes until bubbling and potatoes start to brown. Allow to stand 5-10 minutes before serving.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers.

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