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 is called Empadão.
It 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 were 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!
Equipment Used in This Recipe
Portuguese Beef Empadão (Portuguese Pot Pie)
- 1 lb chopped grass fed beef
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- 1 medium onion peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 medium egg
- 6 cup cauliflower rice
- 2 cup fresh spinach
- Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahreheit.
- In a large bowl mix the beef with the egg, onion, Italian, cumin, and black pepper.
- Place the a layer of meat in the bottom of the baking dish.
- Top the meat with a layer of greens. Then top with caulflower rice.
- Repeat with meat, greens, and rice until the pan is filled so the top layer is cauliflower rice.
- Place in the oven and cook for 45 minutes then serve.