Thursday, April 24, 2014

Cottage Pie

(Adapted from Melissa D'Arabian)


Boyfriend got me the meat grinder attachment for Beyonce (My Kitchenaid stand mixer!). I was super eager to try it, but I wanted to make something I hadn't really made before.

I started with a Melissa D'Arabian recipe for Shepherd's Pie (Which wasn't really shepherd's pie, since she was using beef, not lamb...) and I added some BabyBakes improvements, including fresh ground beef!

It was pretty gross to watch the meat grinder, but it was super fun. And the meat was delicious. This recipe was so good that we made it two nights in a row! (Once for ourselves, and a second time for my dad's birthday dinner!)

Ingredients:

Potato Topping:
  • 6 large yukon gold potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 10 whole garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup beef or chicken broth
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Filling:

  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 to 3 medium carrots, roughly chopped, (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 cups frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of Guinness (or a bottle and a half if you want a little deeper flavor)
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon finely minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated aged irish cheddar cheese
  • chopped fresh parsley leaves


Directions:

Prepare potato topping: 
  1. In a large saucepan add the potatoes and garlic and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are fork-tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.
  2. Transfer the potatoes and garlic to a large bowl (or the bowl of your stand mixer). Add the sour cream, 1/4 cup of the broth, butter, salt and pepper, and beat on low speed with a hand mixer until the potatoes are light and fluffy, about 1 to 2 minutes. If the mixture is too dry, add the remaining 1/4 cup broth. Do not overmix. Cover and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch round baking dish with nonstick spray.


Prepare filling: 
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring occasionally until browned and almost crisp, about 7 to 8 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a plate; set aside.
  2. Add the oil to the drippings in the skillet and put over medium heat.
  3. Add the onions and 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are very soft and just beginning to brown, about 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle in the sugar, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to caramelize, about 3 minutes.
  5. Stir in the beef and cook, stirring occasionally, over medium-high heat, until the beef begins to brown, about 7 minutes.
  6. Add the carrots, peas, and garlic and cook, stirring, until the vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  7. Stir in the tomato paste and flour and cook, stirring, until well blended, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the beer, bring to a boil and boil for 3 minutes. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan, about 2 minutes
  9. Add the cooked bacon, the broth, rosemary, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and the pepper, and bring to a boil.
  10. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens, about 15 minutes.
  11. Spoon the meat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread the potato topping evenly over the beef mixture.
  12. Bake until the filling is hot, the topping is lightly browned and the edges are bubbly, about 35 minutes.
  13. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with the cheese.
  14. Return to the oven and bake for 10 more minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.
  15. Let rest out of the oven for 10 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.




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