A simple traditional British dish, packed with comforting flavours. A traditional ‘Cottage Pie’ was originally any ground meat with a covering of mashed potato. If lamb meat is used it’s called a Shepherd’s Pie, but in this case we’ve used beef mince.
Any green vegetables go well with this dish - leeks, peas, kale, cabbage. If you have fussy eaters you could easily hide some extra vegetables in the meat sauce - think small pieces of leek or celery, or grated carrot.
Follow a recipe; follow food safety and hygiene rules; tidy away; use a timer; use measuring spoons and cups; use a jug to measure liquids; cut using the bridge/claw knife technique safely; mash; use the hob/oven (with adult supervision); use a colander; season to taste.
Chopping board, sharp knife, measuring cups and spoons, measuring jug, 2 saucepans, wooden spoon, colander, potato masher, spoons, spatula, table knife, baking dish.
Allergens Please note the allergens listed are indicative only. Allergens vary depending on brand; check the labels on the products you use.
Wheat, Barley, Celery, Milk, Fish, Sulphites
Ingredients (serves 4-6):
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 650 g beef mince
- 2 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp plain flour
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 500 ml beef stock
- Worcestershire sauce, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- 900 g potatoes, peeled and chopped
- 75 g reduced fat spread
- 125 ml semi-skimmed milk
- Heat the oil in a pan. Add the onion and when it begins to soften add the beef mince and fry until brown.
- Stir in the tomato puree and plain flour and cook for a further minute.
- Pour in the beef stock, and add the thyme. Give everything a really good stir. Simmer for around 45 minutes, until the beef is tender and the mixture has thickened.
- Meanwhile, prepare the mashed potato. Put the potatoes in a pan of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, or until tender.
- Drain the potatoes well, and mash; adding the butter and milk and beating to form a smooth mash. Season to taste with pepper.
- Taste the beef mince and season, adding a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. Put the beef mince in a baking dish and spoon the mash over the top. Spread the mash around with a spatula or table knife to cover the meat.
- Grill for 8-10 minutes until golden brown.
So thinking about Cottage Pie ...
Beef mince is a great source of protein and iron, as well as some other vitamins and minerals; however it can also be high in fat so choose lean mince wherever possible.
Potatoes are a nutritious and filling starchy food; low in fat and a source of vitamin C and fibre.
Vegetables are so good for us! Low in fat, sugar and calories and high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
per 378g serving
% of an adult's reference intake
Typical values per 100g: Energy 445kJ / 106kcal
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