Martha's Rutabaga Shepherd's Pie
- Ready In:
- 2hrs 30mins
- 1 celery rib, coarsely chopped
- 1 sprig fresh rosemary, plus
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig fresh thyme
- 2 dried bay leaves
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons unsalted butter, plus more for rutabagas and potatoes
- 2 lbs boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces or 2 lbs leg of lamb, for stew cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 medium onions, chopped
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 2 cups dry red wine
- 1 cup low sodium beef broth
- 4 carrots, cut crosswise into 3-inch pieces
- coarse salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 3 rutabagas, peeled and cut into large pieces (about 3 pounds)
- 4 russet potatoes (about 2 pounds) or 4 yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces (about 2 pounds)
- 1⁄2 cup milk, hot (or more)
- Tie celery, rosemary sprig, thyme, bay leaves, and garlic in a small piece of cheesecloth to make a bouquet garni; set aside.
- Heat a wide, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat until hot.
- Melt butter, and brown meat in two batches, taking care not to crowd the pieces or they will steam and not brown; transfer meat to a bowl using a slotted spoon and set aside.
- Add onions; cook until slightly softened, about 8 minutes.
- Return meat to pan and sprinkle flour over the meat and onions, cook about 1 minute, stirring often.
- Add wine, and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen the brown bits.
- Add the stock and bouquet garni, bring to a boil, cover, and cook on low heat until meat is tender, about 1 1/2 hours.
- Remove the lid after 1 hour; add carrots, and cook, uncovered, for the last 30 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Place rutabagas and potatoes in separate saucepans; cover with cold, salted water.
- Bring to a boil and simmer until tender, 30 to 40 minutes for the rutabagas and 25 minutes for the potatoes.
- Drain; return to the saucepans to dry out any moisture from the vegetables for a few minutes.
- Put the rutabagas and potatoes through a food mill fitted with a fine disk, or ricer, or mash by hand.
- Add butter, as desired, and enough hot milk to make a creamy puree.
- Season with salt and pepper; stir in chopped rosemary.
- Preheat oven to 350°F
- Remove bouquet garni; transfer stew into a deep 2-quart baking dish.
- Top with puree; dot lightly with butter.
- Bake 1 hour, or until top is brown and crusty.
- Serve hot.
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