The ultimate comfort food has to be cottage pie.
Shepherds pie is made with lamb mince, cottage pie with beef mince so I’m told
This is a great recipe to freeze if there are any leftovers (let it completely cool before freezing. )
Made from scratch is such a healthy wholesome meal.
Use up any carrots or onions left in the bottom of the fridge. ( good on the purse strings too) ,
I just crave food like this on a blustery day… now “lils” hasn’t been always been a fan but shes come round. (its the mash so I just mix it in well with the mince and she doesn’t even know its in there
a little tip is to let the mince mixture cool for a few mins before topping with potato, that way the potato doesn’t sink into the mince!! ( well doesn’t sink so much, I actually like the mince bubbling over the potato)
a few sprigs of fresh thyme and parsley turns this dish from pub grub to something pretty special
- 500 g of lean mince beef
- 4 carrots
- 2 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
- a little splash of worcester sauce
- a little fresh chopped parsley
- a few spring of fresh thyme (if you have fresh even better)
- 2 beef stock cubes in a half pint of hot water
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons of cornflour (with a tiny drop of cold water)
- 8 potatoes (Maris piper)
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- a quarter pint of milk
Method Serves 4
Preheat oven to 180 c gas Mark 4 (get a deep ovenproof dish, a saucepan for the potatoes and large pan,)
Peel and chop your potatoes and boil in a large saucepan with a lid. ( for around 25 mins until potato are soft)
crush garlic, peel and chop onion and carrot
Put a large pan on a medium heat with a little oil and brown onion and garlic for around 5 mins
and add the mince and fry until mince is browned breaking it up as you cook it (drain any excess fat)
squeeze in tomato puree and sprinkle in your fresh chopped herbs and add a bay leaf
pour over half a pint of beef stock.
simmer on a low heat for around 15 mins season with salt and pepper
when simmered Make up a cornflour paste by adding 2 teaspoons of cornflour to a tiny drop of cold water in a cup to thicken the gravy
stir until thickened
(Add to a deep ovenproof dish, and let cool just a little, while you make the mash)
When potatoes are cooked mash really well with a masher. (beat the living daylights out of them)
Add the butter and mix well
stir in the milk and give a final good mash..
Top off the mince mixture with the potato.
With a sprinkle of salt and pepper
Try to get a get a rustic look
bake in the oven for 25 mins !!