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Movies and a Meal: Guinness Shepherd's Pie & The Boondock Saints

For "Movies and a Meal" St Patrick's Day edition we decided to pair two of our favorites: Shepherd's Pie and The Boondock Saints.

Boondock Saints (2000), stars Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery and Willem Dafoe. Irish Catholic twin brothers, The Conners, become vigilantes in an over zealous quest to rid the streets of Boston of crime, killing one gangster after another whilst alluding FBI agent Smecker (Willem Dafoe).

The film became a cult hit and spawned a sequel. After Norman Reedus achieved mega stardom thanks to his portrayal of fan favorite, Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead there has been renewed enthusiam for The Boondock Saints and thanks to streaming it has found a wider audience. It is action packed, bloody damn bloody, a bit campy and loads of fun.

The Boondock Saints is available free to stream for Amazon Prime members.

To savor the nuances of this quirky favorite flick, our very own Jake Essoe of The Harold and Maudecast has created a new spin on an old Irish classic thanks to our own Cutter Stevens (host of True Field Test) for supplying the secret ingredients from his line of Ghetto Gourmet yummies, Bacon jam and Beton Black Mustard.

Jake's Guinness Ghetto Gourmet Shepherd's Pie

Ingredients: 1 pound ground beef (can be substituted w/turkey) 3 large potatoes 1 small can of corn 1 small can of peas and carrots 1 large Onion 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce 1/4 cup Guinness 1 tablespoon Gourmet Ghetto Beton Bacon Mustard 1 tablespoon Gourmet Ghetto Bacon Jam 1 1 stick butter 1/4 cup milk 8 ounces of beef stock Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 400

Sauté the onion, when slightly brown add other veggies

Sauté beef separately, brown then add beef stock, Guinness, Bacon jam and Mustard

Separately, simultaneously boil the 3 potatoes, mash with butter and milk

Add the veggies to the beef pan before layering an ungreashed casserole pan

Layer mashed potatoes on top (Optional: add cheddar cheese to taste)

Cook on 400 for 25 mins