Cottage pie

By 6/07/2016 , ,


On the menu today is a delicious beef cottage pie that I made using rich, slowly simmered minced beef; which gave me an exceptionally tasty resulting dish that I know would pass as a crowd pleaser any day! I have given this dish a Nigerian flavor by adding scotch bonnet peppers; which is not originally in the recipe and I have also made my version of the cottage pie healthy by incorporating fresh vegetables , this I know will appeal greatly to dieters too.

Cottage pie is just an amazing way to cook Irish potatoes other than making them into chips or grilled wedges; even though those are delicious too, they are however considered as sides while the cottage pie is a main dish that you can serve up with lightly steamed vegetables of your choice. I have served mine today with broccoli and carrots. So if you are looking for a healthy main dish made from potatoes for you and your family? Then this is for you.

This pie can be made with other minced meats such as minced lamb, pork or even venison. And although it was originally made by adding leeks and other spices, I have added broccoli, carrots, garlic and roughly chopped onions and of course scotch bonnet peppers (My naija flavor) to give my version a rich earthy taste.

Enough of the taunting lets cook!

Ingredients

1) Irish potatoes 500g

2) Lean beef mince1kg

3) Broccoli 300g

4) Carrots 200g

5) Garlic 1 whole bulb

6) Scotch bonnets 1g

7) Olive oil ( just enough to grease the pan)

8) Seasoning 10g

9) Butter 5g

10) Milk 3 ¼ of a cup

11) Salt 2g


Directions
1) Prepare the ingredients by washing them thoroughly

2) Chop the broccoli into florets, roughly chop the carrots, onions, garlic and scotch bonnet peppers

Cooks tip: the scotch bonnet peppers are totally optional but I love spicy food and adding scotch bonnets is the one way I can infuse my Naija stamp into this dish. If you don’t want it in, you can leave it out.

3) In a clean large pan, heat the oil and add in the chopped onions and garlic, broccoli and carrots, stirring occasionally for about 3 minutes or until softened, the idea is for the vegetable to totally mix with the beef when cooked.










4) Add the minced beef into the pan and continue to stir fry for 5 minutes together with the chopped vegetables. Stirring continuously until the meat is a bit browned. Add in the seasoning and salt, Then pour in 3 cups of water and allow to simmer for 20 minutes or until the meat and vegetable has formed a rich gravy

5) Meanwhile preheat the oven to gas mark 160, spoon the cooked mince beef in an oven proof dish and set this aside










6) In a clean pot, peel and chop the potatoes into cubes, this will allow the potato cook quickly and mash easily

7) Once the potatoes is cooked through and tender, drain quickly and transfer into a clean bowl, add in a pinch of salt, butter and milk and mash well










8) Spread the mashed potatoes all over the gravy until fully covered, make sure to use an oven proof dish. Then pop this into the preheated oven for just 6 minutes and it is ready. You can go on to top the potatoes with cheese. This is optional though. especially if you are looking for healthy option



Cooks tip: I like the top part of the cottage pie crusty so I put the grill on for two minutes and what I usually have at the end, is this delicious cottage pie that is crusty on the outside with a tender and succulent beef filling on the inside. Serve with steamed vegetables of your choice and your family will definitely ask for a second helping! 



Here's a slice of the pie! Do you have other ways you cook potatoes other than chips? Let us know, drop our comments below.

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