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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Naked Shepherd's Pie - Pastel de papa

Layers of mashed potatoes and minced beef, baked in the oven - sort of a crustless Shepherd's Pie. Known in Spanish as Pastel de Papa.

6 medium potatoes, cooked and diced
1.5 kg minced beef
1 large onion
6 cloves of garlic, chopped
4 hard-boiled eggs
Grated cheese
Baharat spice mixture
Red pepper flakes (not very hot)
Vegetable oil

Medium pot
Pyrex baking dish
  1. Make mashed potatoes - mash the cooked potatoes with milk or butter, spice with salt and nutmeg.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a pot and fry the onions.
  3. When the onions begin to brown, add the chopped garlic and stir.
  4. Add the minced beef and stir until browned. Keep stirring to prevent chunks from forming.
  5. Spice with salt, baharat mixture, pepper flakes and ketchup.
  6. Take off the heat. Dice the eggs and add to the meat.
  7. Lightly oil a Pyrex baking dish.
  8. Spread a layer of mashed potatoes.
  9. Spread a layer of meat.
  10. Cover with more mashed potatoes
  11. Score the top layer with a fork and sprinkle with grated cheese.
  12. Bake in the oven under medium-high heat (250 deg C) for about 20 minutes, until the cheese browns.