Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Comforting Sweet Potato Cottage Pie

Cottage pie is a classic dish which I grew up eating. I never thought I’d be able to make one as tasty as my Mum’s. But, my word this recipe make the scrumptious Cottage pie! It’s been jazzed up a bit by adding a kick to the mash with chili!

1 large onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 stalk of celery
1 large carrot
450g of round steak mince
1 tbsp of plain flour
400mls of low sodium beef stock
1 tbsp of ketchup
1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp of tomato paste
Some pepper to season

Mash potato
1 large sweet potato/ 5 small ones
A large knob of real butter
1 tsp of chili powder
Parmesan to top

  • In a large pan fry off diced onion, garlic, celery and carrots.
  • Add the mince and continue to fry for 10 minutes until it’s cooked off.
  • Now add your tablespoon of flour and cook for a minute or 2 (don’t worry, there won’t be any lumps).
  • Add the beef stock and stir well.
  • Throw in the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and tomato paste.
  • Allow it all to simmer for at least 15 minutes. This allows the flavours to develop and the sauce to thicken.
  • As the mince is simmering, go ahead and steam the sweet potatoes. These take about 15 minutes if you chop them into small lumps.
  • Mash with butter, chili and pepper until smooth.

Now simply assemble the pie by chucking the mince into a pyrex dish and layering the mash on top. I grate some cheddar and Parmesan on top (don’t judge me, I really love cheese!).

I usually make this early in the day and come evening time just preheat the oven to 180 degrees and cook until bubbling. This takes less than half an hour. I usually serve with salad or steamed broccoli but it’s plenty on it’s own if you pack in more veggies.

So there you go, a simple scrumptious and quite cheap meal. This is a huge hit in our house. Archie goes crazy for it and it’s a great way to sneak in the hidden veggies! It freezes well and I sometimes save a bite for lunch the following day.

Thanks for reading!

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  1. That looks delicious!!! Cheesey mash topped homemade mince = winter winner!!
    I'll be giving this a go later in the week for sure! #TwinklyTuesday

  2. This looks incredible! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

  3. This sounds delicious, I love the idea of adding a kick of chilli to the mash (although I'm not too sure my boys would be as sure, they tend to have a spice radar and refuse anything with too much of a kick!).

    Thanks for joining #FoodYearLinkup I hope to see you there again in future x

  4. Yum yum ... I hadn't thought about a sweet potato cottage pie ... definitely one to try soon. Thanks for sharing; and thanks for dropping by my blog last month. :-) #CommentLuv