French Shepherd's Pie

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READY IN: 1hr 15mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2 14
    lbs old potatoes, peeled
  • 1 12
    cups milk
  • 1
  • 1
    cup grated swiss cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1
    cup leftover cooked meat (or a mixture of both) or 1 cup cooked poultry, chopped (or a mixture of both)
  • 2
    medium onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1
    tablespoon tomato paste
  • 3 12
    tablespoons softened butter, broken into pieces
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DIRECTIONS

  • Boil the potatoes in lightly salted water for 30 minutes, then drain and puree in a food mill of mash until smooth. Add the milk, then beat in the egg, cheese, and a little salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Reserve.
  • Preheat the over to 400°F.
  • Place the chopped meat, onion, tomato paste, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl. Beat together with a wooden spoon and reserve.
  • Butter a baking dish (preferably porcelain or enameled cast iron). Spread half of the mashed potatoes evenly over the bottom in a thick layer, then pour in the meat mixture and spread it out evenly over the potatoes. Pour in the remaining potatoes and use a fork to spread them over the meat and to decorate the surface by making lines and patterns over it.
  • Dot the surface with softened butter, then place in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until brown on top.
  • Serve hot from the oven in the dish.
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