Delicious Hachis Parmentier: A French Twist on Shepherd’s Pie

Hachis Parmentier is a French version of shepherd’s pie, made with ground beef and mashed potatoes. Follow this classic recipe for a cozy and satisfying meal.

Hachis Parmentier is a classic French comfort food that is similar to the English dish of shepherd’s pie. This delicious meal features layers of seasoned ground beef and mashed potatoes, topped with a crispy breadcrumb topping. While it may seem complicated, this recipe is easy to follow and perfect for a cozy and satisfying meal.


  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and butter a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large pot of salted water, boil the potatoes until tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and mash with the milk and butter until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
  4. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes.
  5. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned and cooked through about 10 minutes.
  6. Stir in the tomato paste, beef broth, thyme, rosemary, paprika, and salt and pepper to taste.
  7. In the prepared baking dish, spread half of the mashed potatoes on the bottom.
  8. Spoon the ground beef mixture on top of the potatoes.
  9. Cover the ground beef mixture with the remaining mashed potatoes.
  10. In a small bowl, mix together the breadcrumbs and melted butter.
  11. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the top of the mashed potatoes.
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the top is golden brown and crispy.

Tips and Tricks:

  • Use high-quality ground beef for the best flavor.
  • Add grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes for a cheesy twist.
  • Make ahead of time and reheat for a quick and easy meal.


  • Use ground lamb or turkey instead of beef for a different flavor.
  • Add vegetables such as carrots, peas, or corn for additional texture and flavor.

Conclusion: Hachis Parmentier is a classic French comfort food that is perfect for a cozy and satisfying meal. This recipe is easy to follow and yields a delicious result that is perfect for dinner. Serve with a green salad and a glass of red wine for the ultimate French experience.

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