Thank goodness I made a batch of shepherd’s pie yesterday!
It’s a chilly, rainy Sunday in New York. A perfect day to sit on the sofa binging on streamable movies and TV, scoffing down bowls of comfort food. But I can’t today, the New York City Marathon is taking place and it’s my duty to cheer on those resilient folks.
I live on the New York City Marathon route so it’s no hardship to do my duty. I combine bathroom breaks with snack time and enjoy a small portion of shepherd’s pie each time. It’s so good.
Shepherd’s pie is such a comforting meal. This recipe has a huge portion of rich mashed potatoes on top of Guinness laced ground lamb combined with carrots, celery, peas and onions. It’s totally delicious and worth the hit to your calorie intake.
I’ve been experimenting with beer, adding it to drinks and dishes, and each recipe has been a thumbs up. Adding Guinness to this shepherd”s pie recipe, gives the ground lamb an intense depth of flavor that meat and vegetable stock is not able to provide. However, if you want to share it with your kids, you can replace the Guinness with lamb or beef stock.
Living on the New York City Marathon route is awesome. I live at the mile 23 marker, near the fluid and food stations. At this point you see many families and friends waiting to cheer on their loved ones, it is so moving. I saw people joining their family members in the race to run the last few miles with them. I was moved to tears quite a few times, I’m a terrible softie.
Check out the video below of the runners as they pass the fluid and food station. Surprisingly, so many of them still have energy to wave and dance to the music as they pass the entertainment station.
I think I’m going to have to make another shepherd’s pie very soon, as this one is almost done. If you give this recipe a try, you will find that it disappears very quickly too. The only way to combat this issue, is to do what I do, and make this again, and again.