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Your St. Patty’s Day Menu

By: Kristen Finstad


So last week I posted several St. Patrick’s Day-themed meals and desserts and asked for help deciding which ones to make (even though I would have loved to make them all). I also asked for Andrew’s input, since, well, he’d be the one stuck eating it! We decided on one meal and one dessert, and, drum roll please…

…we made Cottage Pie and Shamrock Shakes! I thought they both turned out delicious, so today I’ll share the recipe and some photos with you all in case you’re wanting a St. Patty’s Day menu as well. 🙂 Here goes!


What you’ll need for Cottage Pie:

  • 1 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 2 lb ground beef (mince)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock/broth
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 packages of instant mashed potatoes (the recipe I followed called for a bag of raw potatoes, which would have involved peeling, boiling, mashing, etc. and ain’t nobody got time for that).
    Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and garlic, cook for 1 minute. Then add carrots and celery. Cook for 3 minutes or until softened.Turn up heat to high. Add beef and cook, breaking it up as you go, until browned.Add flour and mix in. Add tomato paste, broth, Worcestershire sauce, thyme and bay leaves.

    Bring to simmer, then turn down heat to medium and continue to stir until it reaches a gravy consistency.

    Transfer to a baking dish.

    Cook mashed potatoes (mine just required bringing water to a boil and stirring in the potatoes. I added a little milk and butter to soften them up a bit).

    Top the baking dish with the mashed potatoes and bake for 20 minutes.

    Add cheese to the top, and bake for another 5 minutes. Voila!
    We thought this was delicious, and it made enough to feed a party (we’ll have leftovers for the next couple of days)!

Now, time for dessert. 🙂

What you’ll need for Shamrock Shakes:

  • 2.5 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 10 drops green food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • whipped cream and sprinkles for serving
  • 4 shots vodka [optional ;)]

Place the ice cream, milk, food coloring, mint extract and vodka in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Pour into two glasses. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, then serve.

I did try to modify the ingredients a bit to “lighten up” the recipe. Shamrock Shakes from McDonald’s are known for being loaded with sugar and incredibly unhealthy (albeit delicious!), so I subbed in Halo Top for the ice cream and some fat-free whipped cream for the topping. I couldn’t tell the difference! We really enjoyed this dessert.

Are you planning on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? What’s on your menu? Share with us in the comments below!

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