Food - Drink
Celebrate Bastille Day With One Of France's Most Underrated Dishes
By FELIX BEHR
The French festival of July 14 known as Bastille Day honors the day the revolutionaries stormed the Parisian fortress. And while baguettes are practically synonymous with the French, Hachis Parmentier is a simple and frequently forgotten dish.
In essence, Hachis Parmentier is French Shepherd's or Cottage Pie, i.e. a meat dish covered with a layer of mashed potatoes. The difference is that Shepherd's Pie has ground meat while Hachis Parmentier has finely chopped or minced meat, however, the difference is often treated as semantic.
Hachis Parmentier is made by boiling and mashing potatoes, making a beef stew, and then layering the stew and mashed potatoes in a casserole dish. For 30 to 35 minutes, the dish will bake at about 350 degrees Fahrenheit, or until the top is browning.