Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping {And a Castello® Moments Round-Up}

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It’s been a strange summer for a million different reasons.

I won’t bore you with the details (yet), but let’s start with the weather.

First off, it’s felt like autumn for the past week or so now (especially in the unseasonably chilly evenings), and there were even brisk days in July that felt more like late rather than early summer. Not that I’m complaining; I’m a cold-weather girl all the way, but it is curious to say the least.

And instead of leaving me craving a fresh summer salad for supper, this is the sort of weather that leaves me wanting something warming…a dish like Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping fits the bill perfectly.


I made this meal on a damp, cold-ish day in early summer using some of the fabulous Castello® Moments Weissbier cheese. This smooth cheese has a buttery taste with hints of nutty sweetness and a faint taste of beer. It melts really well, so it was a wonderful choice for this dish. If the weather is unseasonably (or seasonably!) cool where you are, this meal is perfect.

Here are a few other delicious Castello cheese recipe ideas and serving suggestions:

Potato Gratin from Lemon Sugar

Savory Cheese Crackers from An Edible Mosaic

Cheese Tasting & Pairing from girlichef

Spinach & Cheese Bake from The Domestic Mama & The Village Cook

Cheese Inspiration & Recipes from TasteFood

Cauliflower au Gratin from Foodie Fiasco

Cheese & Jam Cookies from Fun & Food Cafe

Three Cheese Flatbread from Itsy Bitsy Foodies

German Picnic Salad from The Daring Gourmet

Roasted Sausages & Summer Vegetables with Garden Fresh Peso from My Humble Kitchen

Wine & Cheese Pairing 101 from The Roasted Root

Four Creative Crostini Recipes from Shared Appetite

Hirten Cheese Ice Cream & Stout Caramel from The Colors of Indian Cooking

I Throw a CheeseFest from The Colors of Indian Cooking

Poached Salmon Over Hirten Cheese Grits with Summer Succotash from 30A Eats

Gulf Coast Shrimp Tacos with Classic Castello & Florida Avocado from 30A Eats

Roasted Tomato Crostini with Weissbier Cheese & Fresh Basil from 30A Eats

Cheese Platter Perfection from Cooking with Books

Lemon Artichoke & Pesto Pasta from Anecdotes & Applecores

Chive, Chili, & Cheese Souffle from Camille: A Blog

Broccoli & Red Onion Quesadillas from Cooking in Westchester

Castello Moments Paignets: A Cross Between Paninis & Beignets from From Brazil to You

Triple Alps Cheese Souffle from Homemade Delish

Alpine Pizza from Fritos and Foie Gras

The Gooey Affair from The B*Critic

Triple Alps Cheese Gougeres from Blogging Over Thyme

Baked 2 Cheese Dhokla (Indian Gram Flour Cakes) from 29 Calories

Beer & Cheese Pairing from Kitchenette

Braised Short Rib French Onion Soup from Seaweed & Sassafras

Alpine Cheese & Caramelized Onion Biscuits from Nourish Your Life

Castello Moments Wine Tasting from Where and What in the World?

Castello Moments with a Toas-Tite Grilled Cheese from Where and What in the World?

Castello Chicken Couscous from Where and What in the World?

Truffle Mac n’ Cheese from Where and What in the World?

Roasted Garlic, Beer, & Cheese Dip from Lizzy Pancakes


Vegetable Beef Pie with Cheesy Potato Topping
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Yield: 2 to 3 servings as a main course along with a green salad
Cheesy Potato Topping:
  • 1 medium (about 8 oz/227 g) starchy potato, such as Russet, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk
  • 3 oz (85 g) Castello Alps Selection Weissbier cheese, shredded
Vegetable Beef Filling:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 medium carrot, diced
  • ½ lb (227 g) lean ground beef
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 medium clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (180 ml) beef stock (or water)
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup (35 g) frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated Castello Alps Selection Hirten cheese
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. For the cheesy potato topping, add the cubed potato to a small saucepan and cover by 1 to 2 inches with cold water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then turn heat down and simmer until the potatoes are tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Drain well. Mash the hot potatoes with the butter, salt, and milk until creamy. Stir in the shredded Weissbier.
  3. For the vegetable beef filling, add the olive oil to a medium (preferable nonstick) skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and carrot, and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Turn the heat up to medium-high, add the beef, salt, and pepper, and cook until completely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally and using a wooden spoon to break up the meat.
  5. Add the garlic and cook 30 seconds, then add the flour and cook 30 seconds more, stirring constantly.
  6. Add the beef stock (or water), and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and continue to cook for about 30 seconds more (the sauce should be thickened).
  7. Turn off the heat and stir in the Worcestershire and thawed peas.
  8. Pour the meat mixture into a 2-cup capacity gratin dish. Give the mashed potato mixture a stir and if it’s a little dry, stir in just a splash of milk. Spread the mashed potato mixture in an even layer on top of the meat mixture. Top with the Hirten and parsley.
  9. Bake until warm throughout, about 20 minutes.
  10. Preheat the broiler and place the casserole under it until the top is browned on spots; stay with it, because this can happen fast.
  11. Serve.

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  1. Courtney says

    That’s it, this is on the menu for tonight. And I am STOKED, can almost taste it already. I’m thinking about substituting ground turkey in place of beef, yet still using beef broth to maintain the flavor my husband and I love. Do you think it’ll taste just as good?

    • says

      Hi Courtney, I’m so excited you want to try this – it is fantastic! Yes, I think it would just as delicious with ground turkey instead of beef! Hope you like it!! :)

    • says

      Robin, Any cheese that melts well should work nicely. Sharp white cheddar would be great, and so would Gruyère. Hope you enjoy it if you make it!

  2. Bernadette says

    What type of dish would be best for me to use if I doubled or tripled this? Just learning how to cook for real, and want to do it right!

    • says

      Bernadette, If you want to double the recipe use a 4-cup (1 quart) capacity dish; if you want to triple it, use a 6-cup capacity dish. Best of luck to you – I hope you have fun cooking and enjoy this dish if you make it!

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