Friday, October 22, 2010
French Fridays with Dorie- Hachis Parmentier
Hachis Parmentier, or Shepherd's Pie, is this week's recipe for French Fridays with Dorie. Meat and potatoes- good hearty comfort foods- are the main ingredients here. Dorie's version calls for beef and sausage, but she does say to use what you have on hand! I had venison, so that's what went in mine. I also added back the carrots and some nice "beefy" portabella mushrooms. (And of course, a splash of red wine for the venison!) If I make it again, I'll probably add a bit of extra cheese on top- mine seemed to get lost into the potatoes without making a nice brown crust.
In retrospect,I think I should have baked mine in a smaller (diameter) dish- my potatoes were a little too thin and the sauce bubbled up through them in several places. (I was too anxious, I suppose, to use my new two dollar copper pan I got from the thrift shop yesterday.) Even so, it did make for a good hearty supper on a chilly evening.
To see what others have done with this delicious recipe from Dorie Greenspan's new book, Around My French Table, look here!