Holiday Pairing · Winter Pairing

Shepard’s Pie & Bailey’s Irish Cream Coffee

Happy almost St. Patrick’s Day. It feels like the middle of January here in the Northeastern US rather than mid March. Hopefully it warms up by the end of the week, but if it doesn’t I have a pairing that might warm you guys right up.

The Drink: 

DSCN1222 - CopyThis week I opted to make a Bailey’s Irish Cream coffee. It’s another easy cocktail that will warm you right up on a cold day (which we seem to be having a lot of right now).

What you’ll need: 

  • Your favorite coffee
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream

Make your favorite coffee the way you like it to be made. Different coffee blends can slightly alter the flavor, but overall shouldn’t change the taste of the drink.

Once coffee is finished, pour in a shot of the Bailey’s Irish Cream and give it a gentle stir. Enjoy while it’s hot.

Level of Recommendation: Prefect way to heat you up and help you stay awake.

The Food: 

There are a lot of different recipes out there for Shepard’s Pie. Everyone seems to make it a slightly different way. So here’s my take on it.

What you’ll need: DSCN1219 - Copy

  • 1/2 pound of ground lamb
  • Half a white onion diced
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup of frozen corn
  • 1 large clove of garlic finely chopped
  • 1 – 2 cups of mashed potatoes
  • 1/4 cup of grated white cheddar cheese
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp of soy sauce (or Worcestershire sauce)
  • Dried rosemary
  • Dried thyme
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Start off by preparing the mashed potatoes. I used the frozen variety from Trader Joe’s, but left overs or instant boxed mashed potatoes can work too. Mix in the grated white cheddar cheese once the mashed potatoes are ready.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Chop up the carrots, onions, and garlic. In a skillet, brown your ground lamb. Once the lamb is fully cooked, place off to the side and add in the onions to the skillet. Cook the onions until they are nearly translucent (only a couple of minutes), then add in the rest of the veggies. Add the lamb back in, along with the tomato sauce, soy sauce, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.

In a casserole dish, place in the lamb, veggies, and sauce at the bottom of the dish. Top with the mashed potato and cheese mixture and spread out so that the bottom layer is completely covered. Place in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the mashed potatoes start to brown.

The Pairing:


This is a sweet and savory pairing. The Shepard’s pie is nice and savory, while the coffee has an even balance of bitter and sweet flavors. The pie is flavorful with the cheesy mashed potatoes adding in a little creaminess to the slightly acidic filling. The Bailey’s is only a little sweet and doesn’t over power the rest of the dish.

Level of Recommendation: For the cold St. Patrick’s Day celebration.


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