RE-POST - Irish month Dinner

Two recipes today. Traditional Irish Sheppard's pie with an spicy twist. And also Boxty's with Bacon and Scallions.

Sheppard's Pie.
This really is two recipes in one. For the Christmas party I made two cake pans, one mild for the kids and one spicy for the adults. So in the recipe anything marked as optional is what went into the spicy pan. The amounts depend on how much you are making. AND also, some people like more veggies and some people want it more meaty. So take the ingredients and measure to your taste. Also, the meat can be anything ground from beef, sausage, bison, to lamb.
Ground Beef
Ground Sausage - spicy (optional)
Cook together and crumble into small pieces with spatula.
Roasted Peppers pealed and chopped (optional)
Chili powder (optional)
Carrots - sliced.
Onions - chopped.
Garlic - chopped.
Peas - frozen.
Corn - frozen.
Chicken or beef broth
Guinness Extra stout (Optional in place of broth)
Splash of red wine (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Potatoes cute into cubes boiled and mashed. Add cream, ranch dressing (optional), butter, and white cheddar (Dubliner optional)
Mix the veggies and meat together, spread into a pan and then spoon the potatoes over the top and smooth until it's even. Sprinkle some of the cheese on top and bake at 400 for 20 - 30 minutes.

Boxty with Bacon and Shallots.
2-3 potatoes skinned, cut into cubes and boiled for mashed potatoes. Add butter and cream to make them creamy. Put into a bowl and set aside.
3-4 strips bacon, cook while potatoes are cooking. Once done, let cool and then crumble into small pieces. Add to the bowl.
2-3 Yukon potatoes skinned (less waxy) then shred onto a clean towel. Once done, wrap in the towel and squeeze all the extra moisture out. Add to the bowl.
Scallions or green onions - 1 to 2 bunches. Cut and chop all of white and part of the light green. Add to the bowl
Add a bit of butter and cream to the bowl and mix thoroughly. Roll into balls about 2 inches in diameter and then mash into a round patty. Heat oil and fry for two to three minutes until done, or bake in the oven at 350 degrees until cooked through--about 30 to 40 minutes. Then broil to crisp on each side.


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