This Ranchers Pie will quickly get added to your family favorites list. It is a hearty meal full of vegetables and meat. The kids will love it, your husband will love it, and you will love how easy it is to make.
I start with getting my potatoes going. I peel my potatoes, cube them and add to salted water. I like to used Russet potatoes because I feel that they are the best for mashing, but most potatoes will do (be careful with new potatoes as they can turn into a glue like consistency with mashed) Add a few sprigs of fresh rosemary to your potato water for a delicious little extra flavor.
Once I have my potatoes started I turn my attention to the meat mixture. I add Dykshoorn Farms ground beef, diced mushroom and onions, garlic, seasoning salt, thyme and rosemary to an oven proof cast iron skillet or dutch oven. Cook until the meat if cooked through and the onions and mushrooms are soft. The mushrooms will add such a nice unexpected nutty flavor to the dish.
If I have fresh vegetable from my garden I will use fresh carrots, peas, corn and beans, but to be completely honest I usually just use mixed frozen vegetables. If you do end up using fresh carrots make sure you pre-cook them so they are tender when you add them to the meat mixture.
Next I will add my tomato paste, water, worchestershire sauce, salt, thyme and rosemary to the rest of the meat mixture and mix well before adding the vegetables to the meat. Once everything has been added I will taste to make sure that I don’t need to add extra salt or seasoning.
Once the meat mixture is done I will turn it off and finish getting my potatoes ready. I like really creamy mashed potatoes – so that means lots of milk or cream and butter. I will bake this in the oven of on the Traeger once all assembled, so I be sure to add some extra liquid to the potatoes and make them “extra” creamy so that they don’t dry out when baked.
Add the potatoes to the top of the meat mixture and sprinkle some parsley, and smoked paprika to the top of the potatoes before baking in the oven, or smoke on the Traeger (our favorite) until the top is browned and the meat mixture is bubbly.
Serve with some fresh bread and butter, and a side vegetable or salad if you want, and watch your family ENJOY!
Photos by: Bev Van Es Studio & Tania Dykshoorn