Mushroom, Stout and Goat Cheese Pot Pie

A bunch of years ago I was in Dublin, Ireland for the St. Patricks day celebrations. I had flown over from LA, with only two nights booked at the Brewery Hostel at the base of the Guinness brewery.  The night of the festival I was without a room, all at once ecstatic to be in Dublin for the Merriment and panicked to be without a place to stay.

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I had three options.

1. Through a friend of a friend twice removed, I was connected with an Irish man willing to take me in for the night.

2. I had met some lovely Australians who were working on renovating a flat in town, but it was completely empty of any furniture and the electricity and water were both shut off, but it was walls and a roof.

3. Wander the streets for the evening, falling in and out of pubs, until I pass out on the street with some of the more rowdy locals.

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I hesitantly opted for option one. If you have ever been a young girl with a backpack and a guidebook in a foreign city, I don’t need to underscore the concerns I had with this set up. Lucky for me, this man was Irish to the core: friendly, hospitable and a perfect gentleman.

I spent most of the evening running around Dublin, from pub to pub, drinking the local beer (Guinness), probably offending the bartenders by tipping them (not a custom in Ireland, “Would you tip your doctor?!”) and watching the locals swell with patriotic pride as fireworks burst over the River Liffey in the heart of Dublin.

All of this, the people who welcomed me in, the beer that warmed my soul, and the celebration that swirled around me, will always give me a deep love for Ireland and Her people.

Kiss the Irish, they deserve it.

Mushroom Stout and Goat Cheese Pot Pie

Mushroom, Stout and Goat Cheese Pot Pie


  • 2 tbs olive oil (plus additional as needed)
  • 4 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 large leek, chopped (white and very light green potion only)
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ lb assorted mushrooms (i.e. portobello, crimini, shiitake)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup broth (vegetable or beef)
  • 12 ounces stout
  • ¼ cup AP flour
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
  • 2 tbs melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the carrots, leeks and celery, sauté until the carrots start to soften.
  3. Add the mushrooms and cook until softened and darkened, about 5 minutes (add additional olive oil if the pan starts to dry).
  4. Add the peas, broth and stout. Bring to a simmer. Sprinkle with flour, stir to combine. Stir in the oregano, pepper and salt. Cook until thickened, about 2 minutes, remove from heat.
  5. Divide evenly between 6 oven safe (12 to 14 ounce) serving bowls, sprinkle with crumbled goat cheese.
  6. Roll out puff pastry on a lightly floured surface, cut into 6 equal squares.
  7. Top each bowl with one square, press into shape.
  8. Brush with melted butter, slice 3 to 4 small slits in the top of each bowl.
  9. Bake at 375 until puff pastry is golden brown.


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27 thoughts on “Mushroom, Stout and Goat Cheese Pot Pie

  1. What an adventure you had back then. 🙂 I have a few Irish friends here in L.A. and they are really friendly and are the best and kind people I know. This Mushroom, Stout and Goat Cheese Pot Pie looks amazing. Can’t wait to give it a try. So perfect for St. Patrick’s Day.

  2. These pot pies look fantastic. And since I’m the only eater of either goat cheese or mushrooms in our household, I would get them all to myself! 🙂 Muahaha, etc.

  3. I love pot pie (and stouts) this time of year – this looks like a great vegetarian version!

  4. I have seriously had the travel itch lately, and this post definitely didn’t help! I visited Dublin during a rainy, dreary 3 day trip and my time wasn’t nearly as marvelous as yours. Makes me want to go back and try it again 🙂

    I love that bowl, and the stuffing sounds delicious!

  5. I have always wanted to visit Ireland… everyone in my family has gone but me. And I’m a good chunk Irish! These pies look awesome. I am obsessed with goat cheese and mushrooms lately so this is happening.

  6. Travel is the best, isn’t it?! Especially accomapanied by some beer. yay! This looks delish by the way!

  7. Great recipe! Just had this for dinner, and it was a bowl of full flavored excellence. My only recommendation is a tad less pepper, as mine was super spiced from it. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Absolutely loved this! Made it for the husband and I and it was delicious! And I have to say that it was even better the next day! I did put some beef in there though. And it worked out perfect!

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