Cottage Pie

ImageI don’t always want to be the one who decides what we’re having for dinner.

Don’t get me wrong..I love to cook whatever, but sometimes I don’t know what I actually feel like so it’s up to my husband to decide what is going on the plates.

The questions is….”what does your stomach feel like????”

And this time around it was good old cottage pie……

It may seem like a lot of stuff, but it all goes in the pot to simmer, then put in oven proof serving dishes, smothered with smashed potato and baked for 40 minutes.

pie 1So… a saucepan throw in 2 tablespoons olive oil, 4 cloves crushed garlic, 1 small diced onion, 1 diced celery stalk, 1 dice small carrot. Cook this on a medium high heat for about 5 minutes, stirring.  Tip in 2 tablespoons flour, salt and pepper (to taste), and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Cook this for 3 minutes, stirring so it doesn’t burn on the bottom of the pan.

In goes 250g  lean beef mince and stir it in the veggies until brown, breaking up any lumps with a spoon.

pie 2Throw in 1 large tomato that you’ve  diced, 1/2 cup red wine, 4-5 sprigs thyme, 1/2 cup water or stock, 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce (I love worcestershire sauce, so I put in lots, you can put less ), 1 cup frozen peas.  Stir really well, turn heat down to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.pie 3

In another saucepan boil up 400g potato and 300g sweet potato that you’ve peeled and chopped, until they’re cooked through.

Strain well and mash with 1 tablespoon butter, a pinch of salt and 2 tablespoons milk.  It doesn’t have to be a smooth puree, a few small lumps of potato give the finished dish a nice texture.pie 7

These amounts made 4 single serve dishes, but you can make 1 big one if you like.

Evenly spoon the meat mixture into your oven proof serving dishes,  top them with your mash, rough up the top with a fork (you get crunchy bits that way),pie9 and bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes.

pie 10 I served with tomato  wedges, thin slices of onion and some freshly picked rocket leaves from the garden. Oh, and tomato sauce of course.

This dish went down really well…pie 13


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