What do vegetarianism and being Irish have to do with each other? Not much really, but I am Irish, and a vegetarian, so I wanted to create a veggie version of a traditional Irish dish this St. Patrick’s day. This lentil shepherd’s pie is one of my favorite dishes, and it is always well received by all, including meat eaters.
Ireland’s rainy weather, creates gorgeous emerald green hills, which support the grass fed dairy industry of Ireland. Ireland has a long history of farmers, who lived off the land and the animals of the land. Traditional Irish cuisine is heavy on dairy, and root vegetables such as carrots, turnips, and potatoes with rich earthy flavors like cloves, caraway seeds, and classic herbs like rosemary, parsley, sage, and bay leaves.
Thanks to these lovely grass fed ladies I met somewhere in Ireland, I used Kerrygold Irish butter, which is now imported to the U.S. The taste difference between this butter and typical American butter is quite different, and it really makes this recipe taste authentic.