A different twist on traditional Shepherd's Pie originating from England, it's made with hamburger and many mixed vegetables. Very popular in America, I remember growing up as kids my family called it French Dish hence the title. ��
Prepare your Potatoes and set aside. I use Idahoan potatoes, they come in many great flavors. If you use fresh potatoes peel and boil and mash them set aside.
Prepare your vegetables: 1/2 medium onion medium chop, 1 medium tomato medium chop. For your 2 cups of vegetables I use Birds Eye Normandy Mix or you can use California Mix your choice they're both great, run under cold water and then cut the bigger pieces into bite size pieces. If you go with fresh vegetables peel and cut up into bite size pieces. In a saute pan add 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon Tony Chaches Creole Seasoning, 1/4 teaspoon Accent or salt if you prefer. Medium heat stiring for 3 minutes (do not completely cook) set aside in a bowl.
Prepare your hamburger: 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon Tony Chachers Creole Seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon salt (I use Accent). High heat saute the meat stir continually to prevent burning about 2 minutes (do not fully cook) set aside in a bowl.
Now that all of your preparations are complete Let's finish the dish: Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees Fharenheit or 190 degrees Celsius I use a toaster oven and it works great for this, no need to fire up the Big One.
In a glass casserole dish: your choice of size (I like the 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 3 inch deep) spray the bottom and sides with your olive oil spray, we'll use the spray again later. Add 3/4 cup of your mashed potato to the bottom of the dish and spread it out.
In a large bowl combine your vegetables and meat, with 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.
Place the vegetable & meat mixture on top of the thin layer of potato in the casserole dish and press it down lightly with a spatula just to even it out.
Add the remaining mashed potato to the top of your vegetable & meat layer (I wet a rubber spatula to prevent sticking) spread the potato evenly on the top of the vegetable & meat layer.
Sprinkle lightly with Paprika. Cut cold butter into thin slices, around 8 pieces and evenly distribute them on the top of your potato layer. Spray the entire top with a thin layer of olive oil.
Place in the oven and set timer for 30 minutes. i always check in to see how the top is doing, you want it to lightly brown to get a light crisp to the top. Keep an eye on it and if it looks like it's getting too brown simply put a piece of alumimum foil over the top. I like to change the setting to Broil for the last 5 minutes to crisp the top, remember to remove your foil. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for 7-10 minutes.
You Made It: Sit down and enjoy with your Family and Friends.