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Hachis Parmentier: Sounds fancy, tastes delicious

By VICTOR ALLARD | December 6, 2012

This article is intended to lighten the drab problem set-filled existence of those who need it. Happiness comes easiest through food. So, drop that burrito, forget about the wings and fries, and indulge in a little taste of heaven. For this, you will need the following:

Utensils & Appliances:

  • An Oven
  • A Dish you can put in the oven (such as a Pyrex rectangular dish)
  • A Pan
  • A Pot
Ingredients :
  • 2-3 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 Box Mashed Potatoes (you need ~12 servings)
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • Thyme or Other Herbs
  • 6 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Cups Milk
  • A Few Drops of Cooking Oil

Chop the onions, to whatever size you like. Same with the garlic.

Now, light the burner, place the pan and pour a little oil in it. Then start by sautéing the onions. This should take around five minutes. When they’re becoming translucent, add the beef and season heavily with thyme and garlic. Seriously, the spices make this dish, so don’t hesitate!

Once the beef is starting to brown, light another burner and follow the instructions on the back of your mashed potatoes box. In other words, boil water with a few tablespoons of butter in a pot. This is pretty quick. Once it’s boiling, turn the heat off and throw in the right amount of milk and potato flakes (the correct amount is indicated on the back of the pack). For a 13x9 Pyrex dish, you should aim for 10-12 servings.

By now, your beef and mashed potatoes should both be ready. Pour the ground beef and onions and spices in the baking dish, spread it around so it’s a roughly uniform layer. It should be slightly less than an inch thick. Then pour on the mashed potatoes, as evenly as possible.

Throw the dish in the oven for 20 minutes (at 350˚F) and you’re done. You can broil it for 5 minutes if you have a fancy oven, and a golden brown crust will form on the top. You can also sprinkle shredded Swiss cheese on top of the potatoes right before you put the whole thing in the oven. It’s up to you, do you want to enjoy a ridiculously good meal (no cheese), or are you okay with dying from happiness (with cheese)?

If you’re a vegetarian, enjoy that Veggie Delite! If you’re not, you’re welcome.

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