This dish is super tasty; we use thyme with our meat mixture and sweet potato as our topper. Thyme and sweet potato are best friends so it’s a total winner and great for those winter nights that we have coming up! I was also asked to put together some child friendly dishes so I hope this one ticks the box.
The “I’ve been travelling and haven’t had a chance to properly meal plan” excuse is getting a bit thin now, I’m actually boring myself with it so I’m not going to make an excuse for using red onion instead of white because do you know what gang, it actually doesn’t really matter when the onion is cooked. My cottage pie today just looks a bit more exotic – ha ha!
- 500g lean minced beef
- 1 large onion (I used 2 small)
- Beef stock
- Bay leaf
- 2 sprigs of fresh or 2 tbsp dried thyme
In a large pan (I use a wok) heat a tiny bit of oil on a med heat– you don’t need a lot of oil as the meat has its own fat which when heated will come out, so you only need a tiny bit of oil to get it started. Once browned, drain any excess liquid.
Add the onions, fry for a few minutes then add the mushrooms and beef stock. I used a jelly beef stock and ½ a mug of hot water, then add the peas. Place a lid on it and let it simmer.
Meanwhile add the chopped sweet potato to a pan of boiling water and cook until soft. You can tell it’s cooked by sticking a knife in it, if the potato falls off the knife it’s done. It cooks quicker with a lid on! I used a massive sweet potato but you can use whatever you need, more mouths to feed mean more potato to use.
Preheat your grill to high.
Drain the potato and mash in the pot. Put the lid back to keep it warm. Then transfer the meat mix in to a serving dish and then top with the mashed potato. Put under the hot grill, shout ‘kids dinner is ready’ set the table, sit the kids down and take the browned potato out from under the grill and serve!
If you want you can make a glaze by whisking an egg up and brushing the top of the potato. I’d do that if I had guests, but tonight this is just for me and the rest is going in the freezer.
If you’re not detoxing you could always bulk this dish out with some grated carrot, that’s a great way of getting more veg into kids who do not like veggies. Also it will go a bit further if you serve some steamed broccoli on the side. I hope you ladies and gents that have little, or not so little ones enjoy this dish. Please post your pictures up and let us know how you got on. We’re loving all your courgette pasta dishes.
In the words of Ned Stark from the house of Stark, Lord of Winterfell - “Winter is coming” As such we’ll be bringing you a load of winter warmers, chilli, soups, curries, stews and so much more to enjoy and stay lean over the winter months.
Love and laughter
(Ned Stark??? I hear you say. He’s one of the central characters in book 1 of the Game of Thrones Series or episode 1 on the TV – OMG it's so gripping I’m soooo into it!)