Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

You can't go wrong with cottage pie, a warming family favourite made from beef mince, veg and creamy but crisp mashed potato.

 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 90 minutes

Servings: 6 people

Preparation

Put the potatoes in a large pan of water. Bring to the boil, and then parboil for 15 minutes.

Drain well. Loosely wrap in a clean tea towel to dry and cool a little.

When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, peel the skins and coarsely grate into a bowl.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large frying pan.

Chop all the veg and add to the pan along with the oregano and garlic.

Gently cook for 10-15 minutes, until softened.

Remove to a bowl until needed. Return the pan to the heat and add the mince. Brown, over a high heat, breaking it up with a wooden spoon.

Stir in the flour and cook for 2 minutes more.

Tip the cooked veg back into the pan and add the stock cube, Worcestershire sauce and 500ml water.

Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 40 minutes.

Season to taste.

Put the mince mixture in a large baking dish. Scatter over the potato, brush with the butter and season. Bake for 25 minutes, until bubbling and golden.

Serve with buttered greens, if you like.

Freezing and Defrosting Guidelines

Once the dish has cooled completely, transfer it to an airtight, freezer-safe container, seal and freeze for up to 1-3 months. To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating.

To re-heat: Loosely cover with foil and bake until

To serve, defrost thoroughly in the fridge overnight before reheating. To re-heat: Loosely cover with foil and bake until

To re-heat: Loosely cover with foil and bake until dish is thoroughly heated through. Re-heat until piping hot. 



Ingredients

750g white potatoes, unpeeled 
2 tbsp olive oil
1 white onion
1 courgette
1 carrot
2 celery sticks
2 red or yellow peppers, seeded
2 tsp dried oregano
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 x 500g pack Tesco 100% Irish beef mince
2 tbsp plain flour
1 beef stock cube
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
25g butter, melted
buttered greens, to serve