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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

 Prep.Time: 20 mins
 Cook.Time: 60 mins
 Difficulty: Easy
 Serves: 6


 2 Large Saucepans
 Sharp Knife
 Vegetable Peeler
 Chopping Board
 Wooden Spoon


 450gm/1lb Minced Beef
 1kg/2.2lb potatoes
 2 Red Onions
 2 Cooking Onions
 2-3 Cloves Garlic
 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
 250ml/½pt water
  (from boiled potatoes)
 175gm/6oz Mushrooms
 Grated Cheese
 1 Sliced Tomato
 2 Beef Stock Cubes
 4 tsp Gravy Browning
 1 tsp Mixed Herbs
 1 tsp Thyme
 Black Pepper


Pre-heat oven to 200°c / 400°f / Gas Mark 6.
Peel and halve potatoes and boil until soft.
Peel and chop onions finely and fry in olive oil until soft.
Add finely chopped garlic, saute for a few minutes.
Add mince and fry until browned.
Add stock cubes, pepper, herbs and water from the potatoes.
Mix well and then simmer for 10 minutes.
Peel and slice mushrooms and stir in to mince mixture.
Mix gravy browning with a little cold water and pour slowly into mince, stirring constantly.
When mixture is nice and thick, remove from heat and pour into glass roasting dish.
Mash potatoes with a little butter and milk. Season well with pepper.
Spread over meat mixture and fluff the top of the mash with a fork.
Place sliced tomatoes on top, sprinkle grated cheese and more black pepper.
Bake in oven for 40 minutes.
Serve with seasonal vegetables and gravy or chips and beans.

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