There’s a lot of fancy food in this world, and then there’s shepherd’s pie, a rustic hodgepodge often made with leftovers, seldom made the same way twice and always satisfying.
Yukon Gold potatoes
There’s actually a fair amount of “classical” French cookery here: the chicken roasted with a mustard glaze, the potatoes done in a little chicken fat (as it runs off the bird). Serve this rich meal alongside a shredded lettuce and carrot salad with a vinegary dressing.
The secret to beautifully roasted potatoes is boiling the potatoes in water that has been laced with baking soda before roasting them, which gives them unbelievably fluffy interiors.
This is a great dish to make for a party, as it can be assembled ahead, even the day before, and then placed in the oven an hour before serving.
This Spanish soup’s got every protein you’d want in a soup-as-a-meal: beef, pork, and chicken. But, there’s also a fresh component. Turnip greens (yes, the greens!), collards, Swiss chard, cabbage, and a full pound of potatoes make this stew-like Spanish bean-rich classic a hearty, soul-warming meal.