Beef and Spinach Shepherd's Pie with Parmesan Potato Crust
Meat Based Recipes
Here's our version of an English and Irish tradition - shepherd's pie. We've added some fresh spinach to the savory meat gravy and tossed some Parmesan into the rich mashed potato topping to create a dish just right for a cold winter night.
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 pound ground beef
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and ground black pepper
1/2 ounce Glace de Viande Gold® dissolved in 1 1/3 cups hot water
9 ounces fresh baby spinach
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 to 3/4 cup milk
1/4 to 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and spray a large pie dish with non-stick spray.
Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and add cold salted water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil over medium heat. Cook the potatoes, partially covered, until they are are tender, about 10 minutes.
While the potatoes are cooking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil, then the onion, and cook, stirring, until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the beef, garlic, flour, and tomato paste, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the beef is mostly browned, about 3 minutes. Add the dissolved Glace de Viande Gold®, scraping up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the stock is the consistency of gravy, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the spinach, a handful at a time and cook until the spinach is just wilted. Taste the gravy and season as needed with salt and pepper.
When the potatoes are done cooking, drain them in a sieve and then return them to the pan. Add the butter and some of the milk and mash until the potatoes are relatively smooth, adding more milk as needed. Stir in Parmesan cheese to taste and season the potatoes with salt and pepper. Stir in the egg.
Transfer the beef and spinach mixture, along with all of the gravy, to the pie dish. Spread the potatoes on top and set the dish on a baking sheet. Bake the pie until the potatoes and filling are heated through and the top is golden brown, about 25-30 minutes.