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Aka Shepherd's Pie. Big family party tomorrow. I am making the innards tonight because these stew-like things are always better the next day. This recipe, basically, with ground lamb and doubling the recipe. I am adding frozen corn (maize to your furriners) and some wine, gibier sauce, and raspberry jelly to it, to enrich it. I'll simmer it 20 minutes longer to reduce the sauce and mingle the flavors before throwing in the peas and corn.
Winter peasant food. Moussaka is great too, same idea. A friend served us antelope moussaka a while ago. Delicious.
I happened to be eating shepherd's pie when I opened the page. This one is lamb, but I frequently use venison. Does that have a name like the distinction for beef, or is it just "cottage"? I sometimes call it "deer hunter's pie".
LOL - my first intinct was to Google "Washington Crossing The Delaware" because I'd never heard of a dish by that name, assumed maybe that was a regional name for a particular recipe. Then I looked at the picture and realized you were right.
My own cheater recipe for "cottage pie" is just meatloaf spread fairly thin in a large casserole dish so it cooks quick, topped by a bag of microwaved mixed vegetables and a fat topping of mashed potatoes sprinkled with cheese. The meatloaf cooks fairly quickly so you can boil the potatoes while the meatloaf is baking and the whole thing can be made in an hour. Some stout winter feed.
Okay, basic swill. Take your beef, brown it with added salt and pepper, and then saute garlic and onions in the same pan. Move to casserole pot. In original pan, pop in a tin of mushroom soup, heat up, add a batch of frozen mixed veg (peas, carrots, beans, corn), and then pour into casserole pot and mix with meat. Boil up a fair few potatoes with salt (and garlic if you like same). When tender, mash with butter and milk. Spread potato mash over meat/veg mixture. Pop in oven at 325 degrees F. When potatoes getting brown on crests and see bubbling up around the edges from the meat/veg portion, you are done. Takes about 1/2 hour after popped in oven. Goes well with coleslaw.
Not fancy, but a good, nutritious, and economical dish for a hard-pressed parent.