In a previous post, i shared the recipe of batata soufflé, explaining that is the lebanese variation of the french dish “hachis parmentier” and the british dish “shepherd pie”.
Et voila the shepherd pie, a great comfort food recipe that’s easy to make! For Lebanese people or to the one who knows the traditional lebanese dishes, you will notice that it’s a mix of “batata soufflé” and “bazella w riz” but instead of the rice it’s served with potato purée on top.
This recipe is so versatile, some add cheese or herbs and some add more veggies, gravy or broth. For marmite et ponpon recipe you will need: (serving 4-6 people)
- 2 medium onion, medium diced
- 1/4 cup celery and leek, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 250g minced beef
- 1 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 large carrots coarsely chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup or almost 250g peas (frozen or canned)
- salt to taste
- 1 kg mashed potato (purée style with milk and butter)
- dry mint to sprinkle on top
- 1 cup grated parmesan
Cook onion, celery and leek with olive oil until tender and fragrant. Add mince beef and cook together until the meet is browned. Stir in tomato paste, carrots and water then simmer for 20 minutes. I you are using frozen peas, add them to simmer for another 10-15 minutes but if you are putting the canned ones, you only need to simmer for another 2-3 minutes as they are already cooked and you don’t want them to melt in.
Pour them in a baking dish to cover with the mashed potato. Sprinkle some dried mint (almost 1 tsp) and grated parmesan and bake on 180°C for 15 minutes or until cheese is melt and golden.
You don’t need to be expert or love cooking when you have a foolproof recipe. It’s an easy and flavorful dish, if you have kids i am sure they will love it. Don’t hesitate to try one new dish each week, food is always a great pleasure!