Yesterday’s dinner is a classic… Not your average Cottage Pie!
I think it was the first dish I really made “from scratch” donkeys years ago and now it has become one of my family’s favourites. Made with a super special mashed potato topping. This is a must to make and totally flop proof!
Cut 8 potatoes into quarters and place in a pot of cold water with salt. Bring to boil and cook for 12-15 minutes, or until soft.
Fry 1 chopped onion and 1-2 tsp crushed garlic in olive oil over medium heat until translucent. Add 2 tbsp flour and fry together, stirring often, for about 2 minutes. Add 300ml beef stock, stirring it in little by little until you have a smooth consistency.
Add 1kg beef mince, season with ground salt & black pepper, 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Let it cook, stirring occasionally, until the mince is evenly browned. Add 1-2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (diced carrots, peas and corn), lower heat, cover and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Set oven to grill.
When the potatoes have cooked, drain well and place them back in the pot. Add a splash of milk, 1 tsp dijon mustard, salt to taste, 200g finely grated cheddar cheese, a sprinkle of paprika and mash until combined and smooth.
Empty the cooked mince into a large, deep oven dish. Spoon the mash on top and spread out evenly. Sprinkle some more cheese if you like and some paprika as well. Pop in the oven and grill for 5-10 minutes just until the topping has a lovely golden colour.
Feeds 4-6 with leftovers for lunch!