This past week I’ve been hit with my seasonal cold. This happens almost every year as autumn turns into winter. I crave home cooked comfort food when I feel under the weather and cottage pie is always the first dish I turn to. Whenever we were sick when we were kids we’d always be given some sort of meal including mashed potato so I think it’s been inground into me since I was little, so something with mash is always the obvious option!
I’ve picked this recipe up from my Mum over the years so made sure to write everything down when I made it. Don’t get put off by any of the ingredients, once they’re all mixed up I promise it’s delicious! Find the recipe below;
1 x brown onion
500g minced beef
750g potatoes (I like maris piper)
4 x tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 x tbsp tomato ketchup
50g frozen peas
gravy (1tbsp bisto + 1tsp redcurrant jelly)
salt + pepper
– Place a large saucepan of water on a high heat. Peel and chop the potatoes and add them to the boiling water for about 20 mins (until they’re soft enough to mash).
– Meanwhile chop the onion and add it to a medium saucepan with some olive oil, cover and sweat for 5 mins.
– Add the beef to the onions, stirring and breaking up the meat until it turns brown.
– Once the beef has browned, add the worcestershire sauce and ketchup and simmer for 5 mins.
– Make some gravy, I use bisto granules and redcurrant jelly mixed with some boiling water. Add some to loosen the consistency of the meat mixture (probably approx half a mug). Continue to simmer with the lid off so the excess liquid evaporates.
– Drain and mash the potatoes with some butter (approx 25g), don’t use milk here as you need to keep them quite dry so they sit on top of the meat nicely.
– Add the peas to the meat mixture, stir through. Take the pan off the heat and separate the mixture into dishes – you can use individual pots or one large dish.
– Spoon the mash on top of the meat. I like to flatten it and then draw lines into the potato using a fork, this way you get crispy bits of potato.
– Place under the grill for 5-10 mins, just until the potato starts to brown.
– Serve with your choice of vegetables, I like carrots or cabbage.
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