This recipe was inspired by my best friend Ines. We had gone over to her house one weekend and she had made this awesome dish that was what I would equate to a Portuguese pot pie. In Portuguese it was called empadão.
According to Wikipedia (which I had to translate since the page was all in Portuguese) empadão is a traditional Portugal dish (also popular in Brazil) filled with beef, chicken, tuna, cod or shellfish between layers of mashed potato, rice, bread, or wheat flour. It also said that beef and rice was the most popular combination in the Portuguese tradition but when Ines prepared it she used potatoes instead.
It sometimes has tomatoes , mushrooms , green corn , peas and curd. The one she prepared did not have those ingredients but was just as tasty. Wanting to add a little bit more veggies to this recipe I swapped mashed cauliflower for potatoes and added spinach for a double dose of veggies. This recipe is great for a dinner party or if you’re not sure what to make and just want an easy meal to throw together.
I was quite pleased with how it came out and I hope you like it too. Try it tonight!
- 1 lb chopped grass fed beef
- 1 tsp italian seasoning
- 1 onion chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 egg
- 2 cups cauliflower rice )
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahreheit
- In a large bowl mix the beef with the egg and spices
- Place the meat in a baking dish
- Top with greens
- Then top with cauliflower rice
- Repeat until filled to the top of the pan
- Cook for 45 minutes and serve