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!

 

35 comments:

  1. Looks very delicious to me! Can I join you for dinner??? ^..^

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  2. Shepherds pie is one of my favourite comfort foods, I just love it! I've never tried it with sausage, I bet it's good. It looks delicious!

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  3. I love shepherd's pie. Yours looks wonderful! Interesting that you used venison. I have never had that. Love that you added mushrooms:)

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  4. Two dollars for that pan! Wow, what a great find! I bet it was really good with venison and portobellos.

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  5. Your variations sound delicious!

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  6. It looks and sounds incredible! I'm also very impressed with your thrift store find! Beautiful pan and picture!

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  7. It would make my Italian-French mother-in-law one PROUD woman if I were to make this for her son! It looks so warm and cozy and buttery, like the ultimate French comfort food... Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Looks delicious and I LOVE LOVE the pan

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  9. Shepard's Pie is a favorite, and I'm lovin' that shiny new pan:@)

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  10. Too funny. I added an extra 1/2lb of potatoes and my family thought my potato layer was too thick.
    Mimi

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  11. Such a delicious, comforting dish! I like your idea of adding extra cheese...yum! ;)

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  12. What a pretty picture. I liked your tweeks to the recipe. I actually thought your crust looked very rich. Love your site. And how GREAT is that pan!!!

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  13. What fun to have used venison in your Shepherd's Pie! Guess I'll never get a chance to taste that! :(
    I love your copper pan...would have used it as well. Lovely presentation!

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  14. Such beautiful colour.
    Outstanding post ♥

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  15. It looks delicious. The venison is an interesting touch... I like it!

    Great photo! (Love the pan!)

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  16. This looks like the perfect comfort food (which is something I'm desperately in need of right now). I can't wait to get my hand on this cookbook, and I'm so enjoying seeing what you are creating from it. Thank you for your continued support.

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  17. Looks great in that copper pan!

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  18. Hello Ms. Hen! So...VENISON! Get you! Sounds amazing... I'm really going to have to break out of my Dorie Purism for this project I see. I love the idea of adding the portobellos!
    Trevor Sis Boom.

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  19. That book is on my Christmas list. your scramble eggs are perfection;I can almost taste the smoothy texture.

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  20. I didn't realize what exactly this recipe was for until I saw it on a bunch of sites and now I'm totally regretting not making it! Looks delicious. even without the brown cheese crust.

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  21. Any of those things you mentioned that you thought you could have done better would not keep me from eating about half of this without taking a breath. It looks delicious and sounds wonderful. I LOVE that $2 copper pan, you must have been thrilled to find it.

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  22. Adding portobellos to this was genius! And venison's a great choice. I used elk, but mixed it with a little stewing beef, because the elk and the bison sausage were very lean.

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  23. Shepherd's Pie! Definitely my type of food..looks delish!

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  24. I do love shepherds pie!! leave it to Dorie to come up with such a great recipe, and you certainly did her proud, your version looks outstanding!

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  25. Hi, I just saw your comment on my blog. Don't worry about the game! Just wanted to let you know that I'm thinking of you and your husband! All the best, and looking forward to reading some new recipes from you!
    P.S. I would have emailed you, but couldn't find it on here!

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  26. This does sound like wonderful comfort food. I just got my copy of Dorie's book from the library. I'm going to peruse it for a while before I decide to buy it. Are you loving it so far?

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  27. This looks sinful, but I guess most French food is! I can't believe you got that gorgeous copper pan for $2! Wow, what a find and perfect for anything French.

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  28. I could seriously eat that whole tray of it quite happily! :P

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  29. I haven't had Sheperds Pie in awhile. I think it's time! :)

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  30. This looks and sounds great. That's one great hearty meal and perfect for this time of year!

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  31. I love your pan! What a great find! When I make this dish, I will keep all your tips in mind. Thanks!

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  32. I'm drooling over your pan. How beautiful.

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  33. this looks so beautiful... im drooling right now:) thanks for sharing.

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  34. Betty...no matter how unperfect things turned out...I'm sure it was still absolutely yummy ;o)

    Flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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