Some virus is going around the house and hubby wanted some quick comfort food to feel better. His request was a layered shepherd’s pie, “Not too rich, not too fatty and ask the butcher to grind up some good steak.” And who doesn’t like a meat pie with mashed potatoes? Wikipedia dates “cottage pie” back to 1791, when the potato was being introduced an edible crop affordable for the poor.
I picked out a gorgeous London broil. With less fat I knew I needed to add some fat content. I wanted to use short rib, but we’d placed an order for 60 lbs from our farmers market farmer for this week’s farm-to-table dinner and I didn’t dare ask for another ounce … Instead I picked up some pancetta; like butter, it makes things taste better.
I used raw cream in my mashed potatoes, but you can reduce calories by substituting with milk. Budget conscious? Add more vegetables (and used a bigger baking dish). Frozen vegetables makes this dish a snap to make.
You wouldn’t have known hubby wasn’t feeling well. He had some for dessert, too.
- 1 tbs Devo Olive Oil Tuscan Herb EVOO
- 1 3-oz pkg pancetta
- 1 lg onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 lg carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 lb ground London Broil
- 1 c beef broth
- 1 tbs tomato paste
- 1 tbs chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 12-oz pk frozen peas
- 1 12-oz pk frozen corn
- 10 sm-med russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 8 tbs unsalted butter
- 1/2 c fresh cream or milk
- Freshly ground sea salt and black pepper
What you do:
- Heat oven to 375°.
- Season beef.
- In lg pot bring potatoes to boil in salted water.
- Cook until tender, about 15-20 min.
- Turn off heat, drain and return to pot.
- Mash potatoes with the butter and milk.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Set aside.
- In lg sauté pan heat oil, pancetta, onion and carrot.
- When onion becomes translucent add beef.
- Cook until browned, 8 to 10 min.
- Drain fat and add broth.
- Mix in the paste and rosemary.
- Reduce heat to simmer.
- Cook about 10 min.
- Pour 1/2 of beef mixture into into 1 1/2-quart baking dish.
- Top with 1/2 corn, 1/2 peas, 1/2 potatoes , remaining peas, remaining carrots, remaining beef and remaining potatoes.
- Using fork, make a crisscross design on top of the potatoes.
- Bake until golden, 30 to 35 min.