Creamy Beef & Potato Skillet Pie
Packed with flavorful, hearty and comforting, this recipe is everything you want on a chilly fall evening. Serve it over wilted greens or alongside roasted broccoli for a completely nutritious and satisfying meal. Note: this recipe has multiple steps, but I promise they're 100% worth the time!
STEP 1 INGREDIENTS
- 2 lbs small yukon gold potatoes chopped into 1" pcs
- 16 ounces sliced button or baby bella mushrooms
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium Tamari sub soy sauce
STEP 2 INGREDIENTS
- 4-5 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 lbs ground beef I prefer 85/15
STEPS 3 INGREDIENTS
- 2 medium yellow onions
STEP 4 INGREDIENTS
- 1 can full fat coconut milk
- 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons miso paste optional but recommended
- 2 teaspoons arrowroot or cornstarch optional but recommended
STEP 5 INGREDIENTS
- 1/3 cup minced chives
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line two baking sheets with nonstick parchment paper.
- Using a mandolin or a sharp knife, thinly slice potatoes into 1/4” thick rounds. Line one baking sheet with your potatoes; it’s ok if they’re overlapping.
- On remaining baking sheet, add mushrooms and drizzle with tamari. Toss to coat with tamari and spread in an even layer
- Roast potatoes and mushrooms for approximately 30 minutes, until mushrooms have shrunken significantly in size, and potatoes have some golden brown edges. Set aside.
STEP 2: While potatoes and mushrooms are roasting:
- In a small bowl, whisk together minced garlic, Worcestershire, dried basil, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Bring a large skillet to medium heat and add ground beef. Cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until no pink remains. IMPORTANT: let the meat cook without touching it! Eventually it will start to burn a little, and you’ll see brown bits on the pan. Then you can stir it to expose new meat to the bottom of the pan, then let it brown again. If the meat is rendering a lot of fan, drain it halfway through cooking (drain into a glass jar or bowl). If you don’t, the meat won’t brown. Browning the meat takes around 20 minutes.
- Once cooked, add minced garlic/Worcestershire mixture. Stir, cooking another minute, until spices and garlic are fragrant. Add meat mixture to a colander to cool. Don’t clean skillet—place it back on the stove.
- Slice onions into 1/4” thick half-moon rounds. Add to the same skillet you used to cook your beef and turn to medium heat. Once you hear the onions sizzling, add 1/3 cup water and use a spatula or wooden spoon to scrape the brown bits off the skillet/deglaze the pan. IMPORTANT: You want to really caramelize your onions, which takes patiences. Allow them to cook for 25-30 minutes, stirring every few minutes, until they are gooey and dark golden brown. You can add more water every now and again, or turn down the heat, to prevent burning and deglaze the pan.
STEP 4: While onions are caramelizing
- Combine all step 4 ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
- Pour into a saucepan and turn to medium heat. Bring to rapid simmer and cook, stirring every few minutes, until it is reduced by approximately 1/3 and it is noticeably thicker. (can turn down heat as needed if it’s bubbling too much). This takes approximately 20 minutes.
- Optional: in a small bowl, combine starch and 2 teaspoons water. Stir until dissolves, then stir mixture into saucepan. You will notice the liquid start to thicken after 15-30 seconds. Remove from heat and set aside.
- Turn oven heat down/preheat oven to 375 degrees F. When onions are finished caramelizing, add cooked beef and roasted mushrooms to the onion skillet. Gently, stir to combine all ingredients.
- In a cast-iron or other nonstick skillet (you could also probably use an 8x8 baking dish), assemble pie. Start with 1/3 of your potato slices, making concentric circles and overlapping slightly. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons minced chives. Top with half of the beef mixture, then drizzle half of your liquid over the meat, as evenly as possible. Repeat with another 1/3 of your potatoes slices, then 2 tablespoons chives, then remaining meat mixture, then remaining creamy sauce. Top with remaining 1/3 potato slices and remaining chives.
- Cover skillet with a lid or aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove lid/foil and bake another 10 minutes. Allow to cool 5 minutes before scooping and serving. Note—this is only loosely called a pie; it will not come out in slices.
If mushrooms look dirty, wipe with a damp kitchen towel first.