Foley’s Irish Pub’s Shepherd’s Pie

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"Nole Foley moved from Galway, Ireland to Reno in the 1980s, and opened his pub 17 years ago. He’s been serving up authentic Irish food ever since. His shepherd’s pie, based on an old Irish recipe, is one of the pub’s most popular dishes. On an average week, the bar goes through three hotel pans of the pie, but on St. Patrick’s Day alone patrons eat 20 pans of it. “We sell the heck out of it,” Foley said. “People love it.” If you are thinking of heading to Foley’s for St. Patty’s Day, get there early. Foley said the pub is packed to capacity, 100 people, throughout the day. This is an authentic Irish recipe, and is one of the pub’s most popular dishes. PLEASE NOTE: One thing it doesn't mention in the recipe is when making the potatoes, cook them, then mash with butter, milk salt and pepper (how you like them). I found this on Pinterest and wanted to share it!"

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (444.8 g)
  • Calories 483.6
  • Total Fat - 19.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 100.9 mg
  • Sodium - 256.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 41.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.7 g
  • Sugars - 7.6 g
  • Protein - 35.5 g
  • Calcium - 66.4 mg
  • Iron - 5.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 22.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Boil potatoes for 25 minutes, then mash. Set aside.

Step 2

Brown ground beef in a skillet, or flat pan.

Step 3

Mix in cubes of carrots and yellow onions.

Step 4

Add green peas, onion, salt, garlic, and white pepper.

Step 5

Semi-cook mix in a light gravy made from the beef and a little water.

Step 6

Put in 9x9 inch pan, and top off with mashed potatoes and paprika, spreading them like icing on a cake.

Step 7

Bake for 45 minutes, at 350 degrees.

Step 8

Serve with gravy and cooked vegetables or salad. (I remove the beef and veggies and put them into the pan, then thicken the gravy with a little cornstarch and cold water, made from the pan juices and meat. (You may have to deglaze the pan with a little more water to have enough juice for gravy). I serve the gravy on the side, but you can add it to the beef before baking if you want to.


No special items needed.

5 Reviews

Mimi Bobeck

Delicious Irish Pie! I switched out the ground beef for lamb and was so happy with how it turned out. We had leftovers the next day for lunch and I think it tasted even better the second day. Yumm!


review by:
(24 Mar 2021)

Carols Cafe

Made as directed, but used frozen green peas in a bag and just weighed them out, otherwise made the same. Resulted in a delicious and safe meal in our home, that we totally enjoyed celebrating on St Patrick's Day! Staching to make again before summer. Mmmmmm!


review by:
(22 Mar 2021)

Picky Palate

Delicious, easy, simple ingredients, and one we loved as part of our St Patty's Day celebration. Irish Soda bread went so good with it!


review by:
(18 Mar 2021)

Avery And Maxs Mom

Oh my, this is some good stuff. My little boy loved every handful of it! It's simple to make and so good. It made for a great Irish dinner!


(19 Mar 2020)

Kitchen Magic

Delicious Irish comfort food! It was so easy and simply delicious!


review by:
(28 Mar 2016)

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