My colleague, Sandra shared a couple of tranditional French-Canadian recipes with me. The Quebec-style shepherd’s pie made me excited for the first time.
Recipe instructions vary from very plain to a little more complicated, but the basic recipe is as simple as follows:
- 0.5 lb lean ground beef
- 1 can sweet corn
- 2 cups mashed potatoes
- Brown ground beef. Place in casserole dish.
- Pour sweet corn on top.
- Top with mashed potatoes.
- Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.
In my version broth infuses the three layers. I browned the beef on sautéed onion with 3-4 tablespoon of broth. Instead of the traditional butter&milk mashed potato, I prepared a puree of potato boiled in mild broth. Similarly, I boiled the sweet corn in broth, with finely chopped fresh parsley and a little chunk of butter.
The result is a crafty dish, nicely balancing between various textures and smooth tastes.