Today was Mothers Day and I had my Mum round for dinner. I thought I would keep it simple and go with a classic, cottage pie. I found this beaut of a recipe on the BBC Good Food website. This recipe is lazy Sunday cooking at it’s best! Here is what you will need to make enough for 4-6 servings.
- 600g Minced Beef
- 1 Onion, finely chopped
- 3 Carrots, chopped
- 1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
- 1.5 tbsp Flour
- 1/2 tbsp Tomatoe Purèe
- Red wine/Rosè Wine, small glass (optional)
- 425ml Beef Stock
- 2 tbsp Worcester Sauce
- 1 Bay Leaf
- Thyme, Sprig
- 900g Potatoes
- 110ml Milk
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 100g Strong Cheddar
- Ground Nutmeg
First, brown the mince in a large frying pan and set to one side. Then put a little oil, the onion & carrots into the pan and cook over a low heat for about 20 minutes until softened.
Add the garlic, flour & tomato purèe and cook for 2 minutes.
Put the beef back in the pan then add the wine (if using) and cook for a minute or two. Add the stock, thyme & bay leaf. Season with salt & pepper and bring to a simmer, cook uncovered for 45 minutes. Until all the liquid turns to a thick gravy that coats the meat.
Whilst the meat is cooking, put the potatoes in a pan of cold water & season with salt. Bring to the boil and cook until soft. Also, preheat your oven to 200°C.
Put the potatoes in a big bowl and add the milk, butter, 3 quarters of the cheese & season to taste with salt, pepper & nutmeg. Mash until smooth & well blended.
In a large dish, put the meat evenly along the bottom and top with the potato mixture. Sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
Put into the oven for 25 minutes, until the top is a lovely golden brown. Serve with vegetables.
This really was tasty. I am not generally a huge fan of this dish but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Delicious, good, honest food.
I’m pleased to say that my lovely Mum enjoyed it too. Win win!
I actually made a Japanese Cheesecake for pudding but it went slightly wrong. The taste however, was lovely so I will be attempting it again and sharing (hopefully) a more successful attempt with you!
Here is a teaser pic for you in the meantime.
So what did you guys do for your Mum on Mothers Day? Or were you all still nursing hangovers from St Patrick’s day? Haha.
Until next time kids!