Sneaky vegetable-filled cottage pie

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Serves: 4

By takethatlady

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Ingredients

  • 1 splash milk

  • 1 tbsp flour

  • 2 medium sweet potato, peeled and chopped into large cubes

  • 1/4 pints beef stock

  • 500g beef mince

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into large cubes

  • 2 carrot, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 medium onions, finely chopped

  • 3 splashes Worcestershire sauce, (to taste)

  • 3 handfuls spinach

  • 125g frozen peas

Method

  1. Fry the garlic and onion over a low to medium heat until soft.
  2. Once soft, add the chopped carrot for a couple of minutes to take the edge off, before adding the mince.
  3. Keep stirring with a wooden spoon until the mince is fully browned and broken up.
  4. Once the mince is browned, add your beef stock, Worcestershire sauce and flour (you may wish to add a bit more stock or flour - do it until you have the consistency you like).
  5. You should end up with a nice thick mince mixture filled with veg. Season to taste, take the mixture off the heat and transfer to a deep casserole dish.
  6. Stir in the peas, and then cover the whole mixture with a sneaky layer of spinach. It wilts down, and it makes a nice protective layer between the mince and the potato, so don't be afraid to add as much spinach as you like.
  7. Meanwhile, boil and mash your potatoes with the butter and milk.
  8. Top the mince and spinach with the mash and bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 30-40 minutes, or until the top is nice and crispy.

Handy Hint

Using sweet potatoes mixed with ordinary keeps the texture of the potato nice and firm but adds in another of your five a day, as does the sneaky layer of spinach in the middle. Since there are already onions, carrots and peas in the mince mixture, this is a very well-balanced meal. Add broccoli and cauliflower on the side just to make sure!

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Main Course

  • Autumn

  • Winter

  • Meat

  • Low fat

  • Potato

  • Kids can help

  • Make Ahead

  • Can Freeze

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  • 31/03/11 14:41

    Kids can help with layering up the dish, though it might give away all the different veg that you've hidden inside it! It's low fat if you buy extra lean mince, too.