Venison Cottage Pie

Posted on: by No Comments

 

Venison Cottage Pie
 
Author:

Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6-8
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:

 
A perfectly hearty dinner after a cold day.
Ingredients
  • Pie “Filling”
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 lbs. ground whitetail venison
  • 1 medium-sized Spanish onion, diced
  • 2 c. carrots, chopped
  • 2 c. frozen peas
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbs. Michigan Venison Company Original Spice Blend
  • 2 Tbs. Worcestershire Sauce
  • ½ c. beef stock
  • ¼ c. dry red wine
  • 1 Tbs. tomato paste
  • Sweet Potato Crust
  • 5 large sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered
  • 2 Tbs. butter
  • ¼ c. Half-n-Half
  • 1 c. Parmesan cheese (1/2 c. for mixing into potatoes, ½ c. for sprinkling on top of pie)
  • Sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and garlic powder to taste

Instructions
  1. Sweet Potato Crust: Place quartered sweet potatoes in a large pot. Cover with cold water, and add salt to taste. Bring to a boil until potatoes are fork tender, about 10-15 minutes. Drain water, keeping potatoes in pot. Add butter, half-n-half, and ½ c. Parmesan cheese. Mash with potato masher to desired consistency. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. Set aside.
  2. Venison Cottage Pie Filling: In a large saucepan, combine butter and oil over medium-high heat. Once mixture is hot, add onion and carrot. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until vegetables just begin to caramelize. Add venison, garlic, and Michigan Venison Company Original Spice blend. Once venison is browned thoroughly, add tomato paste, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and wine. Blend evenly into mixture and remove from heat. Stir in frozen peas.
  3. Assembly: Preheat oven to 400 F. Pour venison mixture into a 13”x9” glass baking dish. Pack lightly and evenly along bottom of dish, using the backside of a large spoon. Using a soupspoon or ice cream soup, scoop small amounts of mashed sweet potatoes over top of filling. Use a fork to finish spreading mashed sweet potatoes evenly across the top of the venison mixture, making sure to line edges and corners of the dish to prevent bubbling over of juices. Use fork to create rough texture for potatoes (more texture means more crispy crust!). Sprinkle remaining ½ c. Parmesan cheese on top of pie and place in 400-degree oven for 20 minutes. Bring oven temperature to a high broil for 10 minutes to finish off golden brown topping. Remove cottage pie from oven and let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

Stir in the frozen peas right before the venison mixture goes into the baking dish so they don't turn mushy by the time the dish is done cooking.

Stir in the frozen peas right before the venison mixture goes into the baking dish so they don’t turn mushy by the time the dish is done cooking.

Using the back of a large spoon, lightly press the venison mixture into the bottom of the baking dish, making sure the filling is distributed evenly.

Using the back of a large spoon, lightly press the venison mixture into the bottom of the baking dish, making sure the filling is distributed evenly.

Make sure the cheesy mashed sweet potatoes cover from edge to edge. Top with finely grated parmesan, then pop it in the oven for half an hour.

Make sure the cheesy mashed sweet potatoes cover from edge to edge. Top with finely grated parmesan, then pop it in the oven for half an hour.

Bumping the oven temperature up to a broil for the last 10 minutes will give the top of the cottage pie a golden brown color, and a crunchy-yet-soft texture.

Bumping the oven temperature up to a broil for the last 10 minutes will give the top of the cottage pie a golden brown color, and a crunchy-yet-soft texture.

Once the pie rests at room temperature for 10 minutes, it's ready to be served up!

Once the pie rests at room temperature for 10 minutes, it’s ready to be served up!

Venison Cottage Pie: Michigan Whitetail Venison and veggies, topped with Parmesan-cheesy mashed sweet potatoes. Perfect winter food!

Venison Cottage Pie: Michigan Whitetail Venison and veggies, topped with Parmesan-cheesy mashed sweet potatoes. Perfect winter food!

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Rate this recipe: