Cottage Pie Recipe

Cottage Pie Recipe - this food is very tasty. I made the pies up into 4 individual pie dishes and they were all spotless in the end as my family mopped up with crusty bread. The portion size was just right served with green veg on the side.

Serves: 4
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 medium carrots, chopped
500g mince
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato purée
300ml beef stock
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
dash Worcestershire sauce
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
For the topping:
1kg, peeled and diced
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
75g butter
4 tablespoons milk
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Prep:20  mins | Cook:1 hour 10  mins
1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.
2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic and carrot and cook over a medium heat until soft. Add the mince and cook to brown.
3. Add the tinned tomatoes, purée, beef stock, mixed herbs and Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes in water until soft. Drain and mash with the mustard, butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
5. Spoon the mince mixture into a casserole dish. Top with the mash and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
The potato topping can be replaced by a mix of potato and sweet potato or parsnip for a delicious twist (and a lower GI score!).
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