The ultimate comfort food has to be cottage pie.(Shepherds pie is made with lamb mince, cottage pie with beef mince so im told)
This is a great recipe to freeze if there is any leftovers (let it completely cool before freezing. ) No need for packets, that add so much unwanted additives. Made from scratch is such such a healthy wholesome meal. ( Mine has some hidden veg in there for good measure, but shh don,t tell the smallies)
Use up any carrots or onions left in the bottom of the fridge. ( good on the purse strings too) , I just crave it on a blustery day… and “yum” always cleans her plate too..
Tip …. let the mince mixture cool for a few mins before topping with potato,, that way the potato doesn’t sink into the mince!!
Also a few sprigs of fresh thyme in this turns this dish from pub grub to something pretty special !!
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- 500 g of lean mince beef
- 4 carrots
- 2 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
- 1 tablespoon of basil
- 1 tablespoon of oregano
- 1 tablespoon of thyme (if you have fresh even better)
- 1 beef stock cube in a half pint of hot water
- 2 teaspoons of cornflour (with a tiny drop of cold water)
- 8 potatoes
- 1 tablespoon of margarine
- quarter pint of milk
Preheat oven to 180 c gas Mark 4 (get a deep ovenproof dish, saucepan and large pan,)
Peel and chop your potatoes and boil in a large saucepan with a lid. (Boil for around 25 to 30 mins until potato are soft)
Grate carrot, onion and garlic
Put a large pan on a medium heat and add the mince and veg (no need for oil ) and fry until mince is browned breaking it up as it fry’s and veg has softened. (I use a sieve)
Return to the heat and cook for 10 mins
Add tomato puree, basil, oregano thyme and mix
put in the half a pint of beef stock.
Make up a cornflour paste by adding 2 tea spoons of corn flour to a tiny drop of cold water in a cup..
add cornflour mixture to Thicken
Cook for a further 10 mins stirring in the cornflour paste
(Add to a deep ovenproof dish , and let cool while you make the mash)
When potatoes are soft mash really well with a masher.