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Cottage Pie with Mustard Mashed Potatoes and Grated Cheese*

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Recipe Level: Creative | Recipe Speed: Leisurely | Season: All | Type: Main Dish | Diet: Omnivore/GF

  • 1 medium onion
  • Sunflower oil, or whatever oil you prefer
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 recipe Mustard Mashed Potatoes
  • Smoked paprika
  • 1/2 pound cheese, such as Halfpipe from Mt Mansfield Creamery, or Shelburne Farms Cheddar
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel the onion, halve it, and chop it. 
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a medium pan over medium-low heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender and translucent. 
  4. Add the ground beef to the pan, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until the beef is browned. Remove the meat from the pan, and scoop into a 9x13 glass baking dish. 
  5. While the beef is cooking, strip the kale from its stems, rinse it, and chop it.
  6. Heat another tablespoon of oil, and wilt the kale. It's done when it's bright green and tender. In your glass baking dish, make a layer of kale on top of the layer of beef. 
  7. Mix a tablespoon of smoked paprika into the mashed potatoes. Taste the potatoes for seasoning. When they are delightful, spread them on top of the kale in the baking dish.
  8. Grate the cheese onto the top of the casserole. 
  9. Bake at 350-degrees for 30 minutes. Then, turn on the broiler, and broil until the top is browned, between 3 and 5 minutes, depending on your oven. Remove from the oven, and let rest for a few minutes before serving. 

*Most people refer to this as Shepherd's Pie, but Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb, and Cottage Pie is made with beef.

*The vegetable layer of a Cottage Pie can be made up of anything you'd like! I've used corn; a combination of corn and sautéed pea shoots; wilted spinach or Swiss chard; caramelized onions; and other combos I've probably forgotten.