It’s hunting season! Hunting for flavor, that is! And Hunter’s Pie brings home the prize. Imagine a big scoop of creamy garlic potatoes sitting atop a hearty, savory dish of tender, juicy veggies. You get to show off your real game, too, with some juicy venison tossed into the mix. If going to the grocery store is more your speed, though, you can opt for some yummy beef instead to experience similarly satisfying meaty tastes. Tuck in your napkin and grab your utensils; Hunter’s Pie will fill you up and make you proud!

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Ingredients

For the potatoes:

  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

For the filling:

  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup carrots, sliced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups venison or beef, cooked and cubed
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, minced

Directions

Step 1 –Grease a 2-quart baking dish.

Step 2 –In a pot of boiling water, cook the potatoes until tender, about 15-20 minutes.

Step 3 –Drain the water from the pot and mash the tender potatoes.

Step 4 –Add the garlic, the milk, 1 tablespoon of the butter, the rosemary, the salt, and the pepper to the mashed potatoes. Set aside.

Step 5 –In a large skillet over medium heat, sauté the mushrooms, the carrots, the onion, and the green pepper in the remaining butter until tender.

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Step 6 –Add the venison, the broth, the thyme, and the nutmeg to the veggie mixture.

Step 7 –Bring the venison mixture to a boil.

Step 8 –Reduce the heat then cover and bring the venison mixture to a simmer until the meat and veggies are tender, about 25-30 minutes.

Step 9 –Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 10 –In a small bowl, combine the flour and the water and stir the mixture into the venison mixture.

Step 11 –Cook and stir the venison mixture until thickened, about 2 minutes.

Step 12 –Transfer the thickened venison mixture into the prepared baking dish.

Step 13 –Spread the mashed potatoes over the top of the venison mixture.

Step 14 –Bake, uncovered, until bubbly, about 30-40 minutes.

Step 15 –Sprinkle with the cheese and bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Step 16 –Sprinkle with the parsley, plate, and serve.