Last week, I thought I will treat the husband with his favourite meal of all time, sorry.. I meant second favourite. His favourite of all time, the food that is guaranteed to bring him in a better state of mind or to my way of thinking is a good portion of Egg & Bacon. LOL So sorry, I digress. Anyway his second favourite is Shepherd pie/cottage pie.
It was cottage pie that I cooked as I used minced beef. To cook Shepherd pie, the main ingredient would entail the use of minced lamb.
I thought it was fairly easy to do as it was just minced topped with a good dollop of mash. Actually, it was really as easy as that.
It was really delicious too, even if I say so myself. I usually do not like Cottage Pie but this time, I ate as much as the hubby did who declared my effort as the best! Awww… love him!
To make the Cottage Pie, I used the following:
For the Mash Potato:
1 lb potatoes, peeled and cut in half
1/4 cup milk
Salt & Pepper to taste
Boil the potatoes.
Drain and then mash. (See photo above!)
Add the milk and the butter and season with salt and pepper to taste.
For the meaty bits:
3 good size carrots, chopped finely.
1 large onion, chopped finely.
1 red/yellow/green bell pepper, chopped finely.
3 sticks celery, chopped finely.
1 lb minced beef
3 cloves garlic, pulped
3 tbsp Bisto beef gravy granules
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1 cup boiling water,
1/2 cup red wine
Heat a fairly large pan.
Add the oil, then the garlic and then the onion.
Add the ground beef. When brown, add the carrot, stir.
Add the celery and the bell pepper. Stir fry some more.
In a pyrex or suitable container, put in the 3 tablespoons of the beef gravy granules. Add a cup of boiling water and stir well so that granules are dissolved thoroughly.
Add this now liquid gravy into the pan of the minced beef.
Bring to the boil.
Now lower down the heat and add the red wine.
Cover the pan and simmer until the liquid has gone down. It takes roughly about 20 minutes or so.
Taste test for saltiness as the gravy granules usually contain enough salt. Just add slightly more salt if required.
Put the meaty concoction in an oven-proof dish.
Top this with the mash potatoes.
With a fork, scour the surface of the mash. Be creative. (I was just too hungry to do more that level the top, LOL)
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade.
In 20-30 minutes, you should have a delicious and filling cottage pie.