This is one of Mike’s favorite recipes, often requested for birthday and anniversary dinners! It’s key delicious factor comes from the “crust” of puff pastry topped with caraway seeds and kosher salt…SO good! It also of course is another Rachel Ray Recipe that I changed a tiny bit. Sometimes I feel like Rachel is all I ever cook, but that’s only true 65% of the time….okay…MAYBE 70%! But, I digress…back to business…
Ground Beef Not Pie
1 sheet puff pastry (9-inch square), thawed but cold
1 egg, beaten with a little water
Coarse salt (I use Kosher)
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
2 baking potatoes (1 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (I just use a bunch of whatever is on hand…usually baby yukon golds)
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 pound smoked black-pepper bacon, chopped (Any kind of smokey bacon will do…get it REALLY thick)
2 pounds ground beef sirloin
2 large shallots, chopped (or a red onion of the shallots look crappy)
2 small cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons horseradish
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
Pre-heat the oven to 425°F. Roll out the pastry into a 12-inch square. Cut the pastry into four equal squares. Place on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet and brush with the egg. Sprinkle with coarse salt and the caraway seeds. Bake the squares until golden, about 12 minutes. Let cool.
In a large saucepan, add the potatoes and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, salt the water and cook until tender, 7 minutes. Add the peas and cook for 1 minute; drain.
In a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 4 minutes. Drain off half the fat, add the beef to the skillet and cook, breaking up the meat, until browned, 5 minutes. Add the shallots and garlic and cook until softened, 3 minutes. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Make a well in the center, add the butter to melt, then whisk in the flour. Whisk in the beef broth until thickened, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in the horseradish, cream and parsley; cook until thickened, 1 minute. Turn off the heat; fold in the potatoes and peas. To serve, fill bowls with the meat and potatoes mixture and top with the crust. Enjoy!