|Creamy Beef & Potato Skillet Pie|
Whelp, I had this recipe planned to come out next week, but then WordPress, which has been acting wonky, decided to post a draft of the recipe two days ago. So when I took it down, a lot of y'all messaged me with understandable confusion!
So....HERE IT IS!!!! Mac and cheese will be next week instead, and I promise the ooey-gooeyness is worth it :).
Ok, today's recipe was inspired by a divine recipe from Melissa Clark of the New York Times called her Meat and Potato Skillet Gratin. My mom has made this recipe several times, and it is always an exercise in utter decadence, much of which comes from copious cheese. While I love high-quality cheese, many digestive systems cannot tolerate it, and my hubby can't tolerate the taste (I know, I can't).
So I set about creating a dairy-free, healthier version that is still rich, toes-to-nose, inside-out comfort food.
Here's the thing about this dish: it is not quick, and it is not simple. It IS easy, but this is recipe is wonderful because of the care and attention paid to each and every component. You must take the time to deeply brown your beef, to caramelize your onions, to roast your veggies and reduce your creamy sauce. But if you do, you will have a ton of food to enjoy throughout the week, and I can pretty much guarantee it will become a family staple!
For me, this is the perfect kind of recipe to tackle on a chilly and/or rainy weekend afternoon, and I find the process therapeutic. Grab a glass of wine or hot tea, put on some tunes or the Food Network, close the kitchen doors and just let the fabulous smells take you away!
Feel free to sub pasture-raised lamb or turkey for the beef, but if using turkey, use a combination light & dark meat, or it will be too dry. You can also sprinkle frozen or fresh spinach between the layers (though you'll probably need a deeper dish), if you want to add some nutrients. I prefer to serve it alongside a fresh salad or some roasted asparagus.
If you're looking for a hearty dish that will keep your belly food, your blood-sugar balanced and your brain happy, look no further! Please do let me know if you give this Skillet Pie a go, and tag me on instagram @lauraleabalanced #llbalanced!