Friday, October 22, 2010

hachis parmentier

Oh, I can't tell you enough how much I liked this week's recipe from French Fridays with Dorie.  If you're into meat and potatoes, you can't go wrong with this recipe for Hachis Parmentier.  Hachis is French for hash and Augustine Parmentier is considered the French potato pioneer who introduced potatoes to France in the 19th century to fight famine. Parmentier, a pharmacist, also promoted potatoes as having medicinal value to improve digestion and lower blood pressure.  You'll find Hachis Parmentier anywhere in France...on the menu in a typical French bistro or in a school cafeteria.  Many people in France remember it from their childhood.  It's considered French comfort food.  I couldn't agree more.  Hachis Parmentier is well-seasoned, especially with pepper...a mashed potato and meat pie.  Can you say yum?

Translation:  Shepherd's Pie
Pronunciation: Click on Listen

Although there's a quick version offered up in the cookbook referred to as Bonne Idee, I opted for the "from scratch" version. I made beef bouillon for the first time.  I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't that difficult at all.  I used the chuck instead of the cube steak that's offered as an alternative for the beef.  For sausage, I used a combination of Italian and sweet sausage.  The potato topping was mashed together with whole milk, heavy cream, unsalted butter, and spread atop the well-seasoned beef.  The whole dish was topped with Gruyere and Parmesan cheese. Not exactly low fat.

I appreciate the fact that the recipes in Around My French Table give so many options for making portions of the recipe ahead of time. That works with my busy schedule. This is a dish that can basically be prepared ahead of time, but baked in 30 minutes and on your table to the oohs and ahhs for anyone seeking some fall comfort food.

Recipe Link - (go to bottom of page)

Next Friday:  Marie-Helene's Apple Cake


Jencrafted said...

I love it that you made it into individual serving sizes. Your dish looks scrumptious!

Ann (napangel) said...

Your photos are so beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow! yours looks better than Dorie's! N.

Megan Hewitt said...

Love the picture. Why haven't you invited us over yet? :)

Nicole said...

Your photo is beautiful. I really struggled to make this one look good.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love your photo! And I also I love that you made it in individual portions. :) It looks great!

onewetfoot said...

Your baking dishes are perfect!

TeaLady said...

HP looks fantastic!! It was pretty good. Thanks for the history lesson. Very interesting.

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit.

Love your header, btw.

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