Irish Rover's Unicorn Pub Shepherd's Pie Copycat

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 40m
Ready In

Recipe: #39093

July 10, 2022

"*Admin Notes* Irish Rover's Unicorn Pub Shepherd's Pie is a savory, hearty dish made with ground beef, onion, carrots, and peas in a rich gravy, topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese. *Author Notes* roversOf Unicorn" fame, own a very successful "Old Country Pub" in Calgary, Alberta. Their Shepherd's Pie is justly famous. Vincent Lee, kitchen manager at the Unicorn says the recipe came directly from Ireland via the Irish Rovers more than 10 years ago. Recipe Source: Calgary Sun, Monday, October 15, 1990"

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (361.8 g)
  • Calories 512.2
  • Total Fat - 26.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 120.9 mg
  • Sodium - 585.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 30.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 5.3 g
  • Sugars - 3.3 g
  • Protein - 37.6 g
  • Calcium - 57.3 mg
  • Iron - 5.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 15.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Cook ground beef in frying pan until brown.

Step 2

Add onion, carrots, celery, garlic, worcestershire sauce salt, pepper and nutmeg.

Step 3

Lower heat and cook for 10 minutes or until vegetables are wilted.

Step 4

Add beef broth, bring to a boil.

Step 5

Stir in enough of the butter/flour roux to make a thick gravy to bind the filling.

Step 6

Pour into large shallow baking pan and cool.

Step 7

The filling should be about 1-1/2 inches deep.

Step 8

Cover the meat mixture in the pan with the corn

Step 9

Mix the cooked potatoes with seasoning to taste

Step 10

And enough cream to moisten them

Step 11

Then top with the hot mashed potatoes.

Step 12

Smooth potatoes evenly, brush surface with butter. Bake at 325 degrees F for 40 minutes


No special items needed.

2 Reviews


This is a yummy version of shepherd's pie! As we discussed, I used ground chicken and ground pork which for us was perfect. Made as directed with two changes, I added some worchestershire sauce for that traditional flavour and added chopped kale instead of celery. Made in two 8" baking pans , one of which I shared with a friend. Defintely a make again recipe! Thank you for sharing Dienia! Made for Billboard Recipe Tag.


review by:
(20 Mar 2023)


I've never had nutmeg in a shepherd's pie, and it was delightful! Absolutely loved this! And it is fairly quick to make.....the cooking time to me was watching tv time, so I don't count that!


review by:
(7 Mar 2023)

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