I recently traveled to Ireland, the land of meat and potatoes, with my two favorite travel buddies, and a new travel buddy. Ireland, as stereotyped, really is the land of meat and potatoes. However, it is also a culinary melting pot. You can find just about any type of dish or cuisine that you’re craving in any part of Ireland. I like to really immerse myself in the culture of the places I travel, so I stuck with the traditional Irish dishes like Fish and Chips, and Guinness. Especially the Guinness. Hey, I was trying to live like a local. Other items we frequently saw on menus (and sampled) were Soda Bread, Mushy Peas, Banoffi Pie, Chicken Goujons with Chili Sauce, and of course, Shepherd’s Pie. When this Shepherd’s Pie was assigned to me, I was excited to recreate a recipe from the land I most recently visited. I was also met with the task of making a Whole 30-friendly version as I was in the midst of that challenge. When I came home from Italy, I cooked many Italian dinners for my family on Sundays, and after visiting Japan, I made my family partake in an at home sushi making class led by yours truly. I love bringing bits of my travels home with me. After all, I’ve felt that each place has left it’s mark on me in some way, and getting to share that with my family is real pleasure. I was more than happy to bring this Shroomy Shepherd’s Pie to family dinner.
I recently had the opportunity to work with Epicurious and Reynold’s to test their line of disposable bakeware. I was in the middle of the Whole 30, so I made a compliant Shroomy Shepherd’s Pie at home, and transported it all the way to my mom’s house for Sunday family dinner in the bakeware. I also made a non-compliant pie topped with white potatoes as I knew the entire family wouldn’t be on board with the sweet potato topping. If you’re eating Whole 30 or paleo, and you love Shepherd’s Pie, this is the recipe for you. I love mushrooms so I added a mushroom gravy to each pie which I think really added to the earthiness of the dish.
By the end of Sunday dinner, we only had less than half a pie left and my brother asked to keep it so he could have it for lunch the next day. The recipe below is Whole 30 compliant. Head over to Epicurious for the more traditional version of this shroomy shepherd’s pie.