Try this for a simple, cost-effective alternative to the traditional recipe for cottage pie – proper winter comfort food!
Potatoes (Maris Piper work well)
1. Pre-heat oven to 180 C
2. Peel the potatoes and carrots and chop into small chunks. Pop them in to a large saucepan and cover with boiling water. Bring to the boil and cook until tender.
3. Whilst the potatoes and carrots are cooking dry fry the mince on a medium heat on the hob (use an ovenproof pan if you have one, otherwise use a frying pan or saucepan).
4. Once the mince is browned add the tinned tomatoes (if you’ve used whole ones you might want to break them up a bit with a spoon whilst you’re adding them so you don’t get clumps of tomato) and mixed herbs. Simmer the mixture on a low heat for 5 – 10 minutes. Then either take off the heat (if you’re using the oven proof pan) or transfer to an oven proof dish. Make sure the beef mixture is evenly spread across the bottom of the pan or dish.
5. Once the potatoes and carrots are cooked, drain and add butter/margarine and milk to taste and mash together using a potato masher.
6. Layer the potato and carrot mash on top of the beef mixture in the oven proof pan and pop into the oven for around 30 minutes. The top layer of mash should go slightly brown and crisp up when it’s cooked.
Best served with your favourite box-set and your comfiest slippers.