Hachis Parmentier is the French version of Cottage Pie. The dish is made of ground beef or leftover meat and top with mashed potatoes.
As we are in fall, I substituted a part of potatoes with butternut squash. I love the vibrant color in my plate and the taste.
In every case, a green salad constitutes an ideal accompaniment for this hearty and savory dish!
- 600 g ground beef
- 1 onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 cup tomato sauce
- oregano or Italian seasoning
- 1 (1 1/2 to 2-pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
- 3 medium potatoes)
- olive oil
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 2-3 tbsp Parmesan or Pecorino Romano
- salt, pepper
- Cook the butternut squash and potatoes in a steamer or in water. Smash the vegetables, add salt. I like to put olive oil in my mashed vegetables, as it gives a delicious flavor that my family likes. I also add a little bit of butter and milk until I have the right consistency; not too thick, not too runny.
- In a pan, put oil, add onions and garlic and cook until soft. Add ground beef and cook until the meat is fully cooked. Then add the tomato sauce and oregano. Cook a few minutes until the water evaporate and mixture thicken. Remove from the heat and put all the mixture in 13 by 9 by 2-inch glass baking dish. Spread evenly. Add the mashed vegetables over the mixture and spread evenly.
- Preheat oven at 410F.
- Scatter over the breadcrumbs and Parmesan/Pecorino Romano. Sprinkle oregano/Italian seasoning, and bake until lightly melted and golden on top.