With the New Year approaching, perhaps you'll embrace the idea of cooking new things. If your freezer's still stocked with leftover ground beef, why not pass up the tacos and spaghetti in favor of this Pastelón de Papa?
Popular everywhere from Puerto Rico to Peru, this Latin classic is a cross between shepherd's pie and potato casserole. The fact that it's a self-contained meal makes it a plus for eating on the run. To get the recipe, read more. 4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks Serves 6.
1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, plus 2 tablespoons melted
2/3 cup milk
2 large eggs
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped green olives
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 cup frozen string beans, thawed
Paprika, for dusting
4 pounds potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks