Entertaining: Easy as Pie

By Sheniqua Faulkner
In Feature, Food

Bring authentic flavor to the table with this traditional Irish dish.

 

After a brisk day of parade-watching, come home to this delicious, authentically Irish dish that will make your home feel like a cozy cottage on the Emerald Isle. Originating as a hearty, filling dish for working-class folks in the 1700s, Shepherd’s Pie recipes have been passed down in Irish families for centuries. In less than an hour, you can start your own family tradition with this savory recipe created by Schnucks Cooks.

Shepherd’s Pie
(Serves 6)
WHAT YOU NEED:
• 1 tablespoon Schnucks vegetable oil
• 1 small onion, chopped
• 1 package (8 ounces) Schnucks sliced
white mushrooms
• 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
• 2 cups Schnucks frozen mixed vegetables
• 1 pound Meat Masters 90% extra-lean
ground beef
• 2 tablespoons Schnucks tomato paste
• 1 tablespoon Schnucks all-purpose flour
• 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
• 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
• 1 cup Schnucks chicken or beef broth
• 1 package (24 ounces) Schnucks refrigerated mashed potatoes

WHAT TO DO:
1. Preheat oven to 425°F. In 12-inch skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms and 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook 5 to 7 minutes or until all liquid evaporates and mushrooms are lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in frozen mixed vegetables and cook 2 minutes longer. Spread vegetable mixture evenly in 13 x 9-inch metal or ceramic baking dish.
2. In same skillet, cook ground beef over high heat 5 minutes or until browned, breaking up meat with side of spoon. Stir in tomato paste, flour, thyme, cayenne and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 1 minute, stirring. Add broth to beef mixture and heat to boiling; boil 1 minute or until mixture thickens slightly. Spread beef mixture evenly over vegetables.
3. Spread potatoes evenly over beef. Bake 25 minutes or until side of pan bubbles. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

{Perfect Pairing}
SAMUEL ADAMS IRISH RED
One of the most diverse beer types, Irish red ales have a rich flavor that retains balance, making them a refreshing choice for warmer weather or a cozy selection on brisk days. Samuel Adams Irish Red is brewed with three types of pale malts, which provide body, as well as with a caramel malt that provides the sweetness that defines the Irish red style. Three types of hops balance out the sweetness and lend an earthy, citrusy, subtly bitter flavor and aroma to the brew ($7.49/six-pack at Schnucks through March).

{Green Scene}
Capture the luck of the Irish this month with these three ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in St. Louis.

1. The 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run
March 12, 9am
Race alongside more than 11,000 participants in this five-mile run through the streets of Downtown and Midtown. Not a runner? Spectators are welcome to cheer from the sidelines. For a look at the race route and to register, log on to stpatsrun.com.

2. The 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 12, Noon
Rain or shine, join more than 250,000 in a sea of green for this annual St. Louis tradition as marching bands, huge
balloons, floats and more than 5,000 marchers parade down Market Street (irishparade.org).

3. AOH St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 17, Noon
On St. Patrick’s Day, head to Dogtown, one of St. Louis’ most distinctly Irish neighborhoods, for The Ancient Order of
Hibernians’ annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade, which travels Tamm Avenue, features dozens of floats, festive music and revelry in the surrounding Irish pubs before and after the parade (stlhibernians.com).

 

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Photo credit: Photo courtesy of Schnucks

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