Hachis Parmentier -French Fridays with Dorie

by cakeduchess on October 22, 2010 · 24 comments

I finally received the fabulous book by Dorie Greenspan called, Around my French Table. This cookbook is gorgeous. I stayed up for hours late the other night looking dreamily at all of her incredible recipes. I even dreamed about the book. I seriously dreamed about it! For this week’s French Fridays with Dorie, we made a French comfort dish called Hachis Parmentier. Dorie writes about this ultimate fall comfort food and reminisces about Daniel Boulud, one of the most talented French chefs,  being fond of Hachis Parmentier.

This delicious dish consists of beef, sausage, vegetables, and is topped with creamy mashed potatoes and cheese. Hachis Parmentier is a perfect dish to enjoy during the cooler days of fall. I decided to make the dish with the quicker recipe which consists of ground beef. I had hungry kids waiting and didn’t have time to do it with boiled beef, as Dorie’s recipe mentions. I will make it with the boiled beef the next time. I am sure it will be even more scrumptious. I let the grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes get to just the right crispy texture. I would have been happy just eating the creamy mashed potatoes with the crispy cheese topping. This dish was a total success. Thank you for this wonderful recipe Dorie. My children also send their gratitude.

We aren’t publishing the recipes from Dorie’s Around My French Table. If you would like the recipe you will have to buy the book. I think you won’t regret it. :)

I think you should become a part of this fun!  Join French Fridays with Dorie here and follow along on twitter.

(This is a fictional story that came to mind when I was thinking of this recipe. )

The full moon was high in the sky. Its bright light illuminated her path walking along the Seine. Chantal was tired from working all day in the boulangerie. Her feet ached. Her head hurt from talking all day with the charming, and some not so charming customers. All Chantal could think of was this moment when she would meet Jean-Marc for a bite and to get to know him a little better.

Chantal arrived at the bustling caffe’ and sat down at the first empty table she found. Even though it was a chilly autumn night, the tables were all almost occupied around the sidewalk. Chantal was waiting patiently. She tried to avoid looking at her watch again. She obsessively kept checking to see if Jean-Marc sent her a text message. Chantal had initially hesitated accepting his invitation for a coffee. But there was something about his sweet brown eyes and smile that made her give him a chance.

After waiting for what seemed like an eternity, Chantal begrudgingly arose from her table. She paid her bill and began to walk. Feeling crushed and dejected, there was only one place she could go to feel better: Aunt Dorie’s apartment. She arrived at the familiar white building and buzzed to be let in. The door opened, and she ran up the stairs to Aunt Dorie’s caring smile. Aunt Dorie could tell that there was something amiss. She didn’t inquire. She would let Chantal speak when she was ready.

The smell coming from the oven was lovely. Chantal didn’t ask what Aunt Dorie was cooking; she chose to wait and be surprised. She took off her jacket and her scarf and sat at the familiar table with her favorite aunt. The story spilled out slowly and Aunt Dorie listened without saying a word. She only interrupted Chantal to take out the Hachis Parmentier from the oven. Chantal’s eyes lit up when she saw Aunt Dorie set it on the table. Chantal kept recounting her sad tale while Aunt Dorie served them each a plate of this tasty dish.

Comfort food. This is exactly what Chantal needed. A warm heart to listen to her tale. A dish baked with love by someone who was always there for her.  Suddenly, every thing started to feel better. Life was not so bad after all.

You can read Paris: A Love Story Part Two here.
You can read Paris: A Love Sotry Part Three here. 

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Chow and Chatter October 22, 2010 at 3:52 am

yum looks like shephards pie

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Yesim October 22, 2010 at 5:59 am

looks really awesome, i like this kinda dishes combination with meat ,cheese,potatos.. already if there s cheese and potatos,i never say no..
when i read first it s Hachis , i thought it s smth with it, u know hashis what i mean? grass?? :))

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eatgreek.net October 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

yummy yummy…

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Lizzy October 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

I made this, too! Yours looks wonderful…

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Annie October 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

That looks amazingly good. I love French food!

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pigpigscorner October 22, 2010 at 11:34 am

This looks so comforting!

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Mary October 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

My sons loved it too…isn’t it great when you make something that they devour??!

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Carole October 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I want that cookbook! Your dish looks terrific.

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A Thought For Food October 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm

It’s official… i need to get this book!

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Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

You did a great job on this one – and YAY for joining FFwD!!!!

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Susi October 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Looks delicious! Perfect comfort food for the season. I will have to look this one up :o)

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Lucia October 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm

Sai che il tuo blog mi piace proprio? Divento subito tua sostenitrice! :-)

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thespicegarden October 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm

A wonderful recipe, a beautiful photograph, and a short vignette … life is truly good! Thank you dear!

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mr. pineapple man October 22, 2010 at 11:28 pm

oh goodness~ looks too good!

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Jayne October 23, 2010 at 12:10 am

Your first picture is the most beautiful I’ve seen. And I love your story, too!

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Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels October 23, 2010 at 12:29 am

AMAZING, it looks SO delicious! I’m becoming more and more impressed with you Lora. You’re a wonderful cook and baker. I’m so glad you decided to join FFWD and take on her recipes. I’m planning on buying her new book this weekend. I just love Dorie Greenspan. Everyday when I was in the hospital last year, I would read her cookbook. Her recipes are just wonderful.

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Kimmy Bingham October 23, 2010 at 12:35 am

Oh that’s fabulous. So comforting. Bookmarking it for a cold, snowy day!

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baking.serendipity October 23, 2010 at 2:09 am

This makes me want to be french! Yum :)

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Monet October 23, 2010 at 3:44 am

Like Chantel, I need something as comforting as this. What a beautifullly written post and a well-excecuted recipe. Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to get my hands on Dorie’s new cookbook. I’m glad that you speak so highly of it. Thank you for sharing…and for your prayers!

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Happyhealthpad October 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

I just wanted to try this at home but too bad ingredients is not shared.

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saffronandhoney October 24, 2010 at 10:06 am

Love the story and so happy the kids enjoyed it so much! Beautiful!

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Chef Dennis October 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm

it certainly is comfort food, you did an incredible job with this recipe! Thanks for a wonderful well written story!

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TeaLady October 25, 2010 at 2:50 am

What better reason for comfort good. Broken heart.

Thanks for stopping by for a vist.

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Grace October 25, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Dorie’s cookbook I can’t wait to buy a copy. I just purchased her Pierre Hermes Dessert cookbook and I am loving it. This dish looks amazing! Your photos are fantastic, I can actually smell the flavours! I love the story!

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