Last week, when I blogged that we were having cottage pie for supper, I think it was Jenny who left me a comment and asked me what it was.
I thought everybody knew what cottage pie was until I mentioned it to Dion. Apparently it is a UK thing so many Americans won't know about it.
So here is my recipe, although I am putting some links at the bottom of this post for the "authentic" recipes.
2 medium potatoes
Cheese for the top
120g beef mince, extra lean
200g red kidney beans
garlic & ginger, salt & pepper to taste
150g tomato & onion mix
200g onion, carrots and mushroom
Make mashed potato with the potatoes. Because I'm healthy, I don't use butter and I only use fat-free milk. Of course I love butter melting on hot mashed potato as much as the next person so I do indulge sometimes.
Cook the rest of the ingredients (except the cheese) into a stew/ casserole as you normally would.
Spoon the beef mince mixture into two mini casserole dishes like this.
Then spoon the mashed potato over the top and make pretty patterns with a fork. I learnt this from Nigella. I then put some Italian herbs on the top (just because I like that taste)
Then sprinkle the cheese on the top...
And bake in a pre-heated oven. Or you can use a microwave... but the oven works better.
It should look something like this. You can serve with a side salad. I was short on time and because I use such a lot of veggies, it is healthy without needing anything extra.
Here are some links I found for other cottage pie recipes.