Mixed Up Bigos (Polish Hunter's Stew) and Cottage Pie

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Author Notes: This is a combination of a warming Polish Hunter's Stew mixed with a classic, English Cottage Pie. I think it takes the best from both classics, hopefully like me!
I used leftover beef so the measurements are approximate.
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Serves 8-10

  • 1 1/2-2 pound leftover beef, cut in chunks
  • 2 Onions, sliced
  • 2 cups Sauteed mushooms in cream and thyme, leftover
  • 1 cup Fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups Brown gravy, leftover, or make some from gravy mix
  • 1 Beef Bullion,can
  • 2 cups Fresh carrots
  • 1/2 package frozen corn
  • 1/2 package frozen peas
  • 4 cups Loaded mashed potatoes, leftover
  • 1 pound Polish sausage, optional
  • as needed flour/butter knobs
  1. I made this in a crockpot. It could be easily made in heavy stove and oven safe pot as well.
  2. Cut up beef and add to crockpot Thickly slice onions, and add with gravy, (or 2 gravy packets) bullion, carrots and corn.
  3. Add polish sausage (kielbasa) if desired.
  4. Cook until beef starts to shred, approximately 4-5 hours. Check for thickness. If gravy is too liquid, mix together 1TB each of flour and butter until incorporated and add to mixture. Add "knobs" until gravy thickens.
  5. Add peas and cook for another 30-40 minutes.
  6. Remove mixture from crockpot and place into a deep casserole. Spread mashed potatoes over mixture.
  7. Brush with butter if desired, and bake or broil until tops of mashed potatoes are brown and crunchy.
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