I thought for today’s First Friday link-up, it would be fun to have a St. Patrick’s day theme! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see everyone’s ideas and add your own links.
As many of you already know, I have a St. Patrick’s day article out in Catholic Digest this month. I was really excited about the projects I got to share! There are directions in the article for making a shepherd’s pie with a green pepper shamrock on top, but they didn’t end up using my pictures- they used stock photos. I felt like that project really missed it’s punch without the photos, so I wanted to share them with all of you.
The reason why I made a shepherd’s pie is because St. Patrick worked as a shepherd boy when he was a slave. The shamrock embellishes the top at St. Patrick’s symbol for the Trinity- one clover, 3 leaves!
You have to be choosy when selecting a green pepper for this project! You need a green pepper with only 3 bulbs- not 4! If you get one with 4, when you slice it, it will look like a 4 leaf clover, not a shamrock. A 3 petaled shamrock is a great symbol for the Trinity. A 4 leaf clover is a good luck charm carried by Leprechauns and adorns rainbows and pots of gold.
• 1 pound ground beef
• Salt and pepper
• 1 cup frozen peas
• 1 cup frozen carrots
• 1 cup beef broth
• 2 ½ cups mashed potatoes
• 1 green pepper (with three lobes)
Brown the ground beef and add the broth, then salt and pepper to taste. Mix in the peas and carrots, and then put the ground beef mixture into a pie or casserole dish. Arrange the mashed potatoes on top however you’d like. Slice the green pepper crossways to get a shamrock shape, and add another sliver to make the stem. You’ll get the best shamrock shape from a slice close to the end of the pepper. Add this “shamrock” on top of the mashed potatoes to garnish the pie. Bake at 350 until the pie is warm throughout, and the mashed potatoes start to brown on the edges.
We got fancy and piped on the mashed potatoes with an icing tip. You could just make the top swirly with a fork if you’re looking to make it easier.
I think this is a really fun dinner to serve up for St. Patrick’s day! What are your plans for celebrating this great feast day? Share your links below!
Read the link-up rules here before adding your link. Feel free to join in the St. Patrick’s day theme, but you are welcome to share other Catholic posts for March as well.
- Craft a St. Brigid’s Cross
- Shamrock Lacing Craft
- Make a St. Patrick Puppet (This is also last year’s St. Patrick’s day Link-up!)
- Shamrock Rosary Craft
- Catholic St. Patrick’s Day Ideas
- Craft a Shamrock Bowl
- Shamrock Trinity Craft
- Catholic St. Patrick’s Day Printables
- Catholic St. Patrick’s Day Food
- Catholic St. Patrick’s Day Crafts
- My St. Patrick’s Day Pinboard on Pinterest