- 2 pounds Russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or softened cream cheese
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1/2 cup cream
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 3/4 pounds ground beef
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1/2 cup frozen peas (a couple handfuls)
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- Chopped Scallions
Boil potatoes in salted water until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain potatoes and pour them into a bowl. Combine sour cream, egg yolk and cream. Add the cream mixture to potatoes and mash until potatoes are almost smooth.
While potatoes boil, pre-heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add EVOO to hot pan, about one turn of the pan, with beef. Season meat with salt and pepper. Brown and crumble meat for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped carrot and onion to the meat. Cook veggies with meat for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently.
In a second small skillet over medium heat cook butter and flour together for two minutes. Whisk in broth. Thicken gravy, about one minute. Add gravy to meat and vegetables. Stir in peas.
Pre-heat broiler to high. Fill a small rectangular casserole with meat and vegetable mixture. Spoon potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes with paprika and broil 6-8 inches from the heat until potatoes are evenly browned. Top casserole dish with chopped scallions and serve.