The Chef: Carlos AguileraThe Restaurant: JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Coral GablesThe Dish: Shepherd’s Pie
Ingredients:1 lb ground beef1/2 onion1/2 cup tomato purée1/4 cup wine1/4 cup carrots1/4 cup peas1 tsp thyme1 tsp rosemary2 tbsp Worcestershire1/4 cup of flourMashed potatoes (feel free to use your own method of making)2 tbsp olive oil
Method of Preparation:
In a large skillet or pot, break up the meat and let it brown over medium-high heat. Strain and set aside for now.Using the same pot, add oil, onions and carrots and let them soften, stirring occasionally.Deglaze the pot with red wine, then add rosemary and thyme. Return meat to pot, then add tomato puree, chicken stock and Worcestershire sauce.Let the mixture reduce, then add garlic and onion powder. Thicken the mixture with flour.Add English peas, stir, then spoon the mixture into the casserole baking dish.Top with mashed potatoes and bake for 25-30 minutes, until peaks of mashed potatoes are browned.
JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant253 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, FL 33134(305) 209-0609www.johnmartinsmiami.com