Monday, April 26, 2010

Cottage Pie

Looking for something hearty and satisfying? Need some comfort food on those chilly winter nights? Try my delicious guilt-free cottage pie!

You will need.........

700g of good quality beef mince
4 cloves of garlic, diced
3" piece of ginger, minced
1-2 fresh chillies, minced
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 finely chopped tomato
1 finely chopped onion
1/4 head of cauliflower, boiled till very tender and drained
25g butter
25g sour cream
3 tbsp thickened cream
Freshly ground salt and pepper
Chicken stock
1 cup of grated cheese
1/4 cup of parmesan cheese

*Fry the onion in a little olive oil or butter till it has softened then add the garlic, ginger and chillies and fry for a further minute - be careful not to let the mixture burn
*Add the mince and brown all over
*Add tomato, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning then cover with chicken stock (you can also use beef if you prefer) till it's about 1inch above the surface of the mince
*Simmer till all liquid has gone (15-20 mins or so)
*Mash cauliflower with the butter, cream and sour cream - add them gradually till you get a smooth consistency then season with salt, pepper and nutmeg
*Spoon the mince mixture evenly into a deep baking dish, top with the cauliflower mash AKA natoes then finally, the cheese
*Grill on a high heat till the top has browned slightly and is bubbling

SERVE WITH - a fresh garden salad or steamed veggies