Winter is making an encore appearance here in the Northeast. Between the chilly temperatures (it SNOWED at the St. Patrick’s Day parade here in New York!) and gray skies, this is a delicious and warming dish that even the meat eaters will like.
4 carrots, peeled and chopped (about 2 cups)
1-2 leeks, washed and chopped (about 2 cups)
portobello mushrooms, sliced (about 2 cups)
half of 1 large fennel bulb, chopped (about 2 cups)
5-6 Yukon Gold potatoes, mashed
salt and pepper for seasoning
Assemble all your ingredients and begin by washing and chopping all the vegetables. Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Set the potatoes to boil. (Note: Always put potatoes in cold water and then turn on the heat. Otherwise they come out mealy.)
Whisk 1 TB of flour with 1 TB tomato paste and 1/4 cup of Guinness. Set aside.
Place 1 TB of butter in a large saucepan and add the fennel and carrots. Sauté on a medium-high heat for about five minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and the flour mixture. Add the leeks and mushrooms and cook another five minutes until tender. Add 1/2 cup of the Guinness and let cook on a low heat for about five minutes and then turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper. (Note: If you don’t have Guinness or Stout beer on hand, red wine would also add depth and flavor.)
Drain and mash the potatoes. Season with salt and pepper.
Pour the vegetables into an oven safe pie dish or baking dish. Using a spoonula/spatula, top the pie with freshly mashed potatoes. (Note: You may have a few extra spoonfuls to savor while the pie is in the oven.) Grate the Kerrygold cheddar cheese on top and pop into the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until browned.
Let sit for about ten minutes to set and serve!
This pie would be perfect for St. Patrick’s Day, an upcoming Easter dinner or brunch with friends. The “meatiness” of the portobello mushrooms and the mixture of the Guinness and tomato paste give this a savory, rich flavor. Slice and serve with a piece of sweet and tangy Irish Brown Bread and you’ve got a meal that Irish royalty would love.