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Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato Mash Topping

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posted March 8th 2019

Looking for something filling and delicious to make the grandchildren this coming week, then try this twist on the traditional Cottage Pie.

You will need:

  • 500 grams of minced beef, ideally with less than 10% fat
  • 650 grams of sweet potato, cut into chunks
  • 125 ml of milk
  • 200 ml of passata
  • 3 tbsps tomato and vegetable pureé
  • 20 grams of butter
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped
  • 1/2 stick of celery, finely sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbsps olive oil


To make, you will need to do the following:

  • Place 1/2 tbsp. of oil in a pan and heat.
  • Add the finely chopped onion until it softens.
  • Then add the finely chopped carrot, sliced celery and garlic until soft.
  • In a separate pan, heat another 1/2 tbsp. of oil.
  • To this separate pan add the mince and brown.
  • Once the mince is brown scoop it out, with a slotted spoon so that any excess liquid/oil falls off.
  • Add the mince to the first pan containing the onion, carrot, celery and garlic.
  • Add in the tomato and vegetable pureé and stir well.
  • Stir in the passata and allow to simmer.
  • This will need to be covered and cooked for 1.5 – 2 hours on a very low heat.
  • After two hours, add 50 ml of milk to the pan with the mince and vegetables in, and cook for a further 30 minutes.
  • In another pan, heat the remaining oil.
  • Once this has heated up add the chopped onion until it softens.
  • Then add the diced carrot and chopped stick of celery and heat until soft.
  • Add the thyme and bay leaf and cook for one minute.
  • Add this new pan of vegetables to the pan with the mince mixture and simmer.
  • Cover and cook for a further 20 minutes.
  • Whilst this is cooking, you can heat the over to gas mark four and make the mash…
  • Cook the sweet potatoes in a pan of simmering water until soft.
  • Drain the potatoes and mash with the remaining milk.
  • Tip the mince mixture into a casserole dish – make sure to remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs.
  • Cover the mixture with the mash and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Your Cottage Pie is ready to serve up.


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