When it comes to comfort food, cottage pie ranks high on everyone’s list. This heartwarming dish is perfect for family-style meals. For the recipe below, I have mixed and matched the recipes from BBC Good Food and Food Tryb to create my own version, as I didn’t have all the ingredients. I have used Idahoan Perfect Mash which considerably reduced my cooking time, making it quick, easy and perfect for a weekday supper without feeling like I was slogging in the kitchen for hours! This instant mash is apt for saving time on casseroles and pies when you have other bits of cooking to do. Not to mention, it tastes delicious when caramelised and mixed in with all those the meaty juices.
INGREDIENTS (makes for two people)
- 2 small to medium carrots, chopped
- 1 white onion, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, finely diced
- 440g minced steak (I used @donaldrussell)
- handful of peas
- 1 tsp vegetable stock powder mixed into 250 ml water
- 2 tbsp Worcester sauce
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- A few sprigs of thyme
- 1 tsp of cornflour
- Salt and pepper to taste
FOR THE TOPPING
- 1 packet of Idahoan Perfect Mash (Cheddar Cheese flavour)
- 475ml boiling hot water.
- Preheat your oven to 180°C fan.
- In a large frying pan, gently cook the onion, garlic and chilli in olive oil.
- Add the carrots and cook until they are starting to soften.
- Add in the beef mince in batches, breaking it up so they don’t form clusters. Cook for 6-9 minutes or until the beef feels just cooked and evenly browned.
- Add in the stock, Worcester sauce, soy sauce, thyme sprigs and peas.
- Bring to a boil and then simmer.
- Cook uncovered for 20 mins or until the gravy starts to thicken. If a lot of liquid remains, increase the heat slightly to reduce the gravy a little or add some cornflour.
- Season to taste and then discard the thyme stalks.
- To cook the Idahoan Perfect Mash, follow the packet instructions, pouring 475ml of boiling water into a bowl before adding the Idahoan mash powder. Combine with a fork until dissolved and you have a fluffy mashed potato in less than three minutes!
- Transfer the mince mixture into a oven-proof dish.
- Spoon on the instant mash over the top of your beef mixture and spread evenly. Add a bit of freshly ground pepper.
- Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheesy mash starts to turn golden on top and the sauce from underneath has just started to bubble through the surface.
- Serve with some steamed, buttered greens and enjoy!
To find out more about the range of Idahoan Perfect Mash, please visit their website.
N.B. I was kindly gifted a selection of Idahoan Perfect Mash flavours but was under no obligation to create this blog post.
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