Cottage pie

Bill Oldfield

Shepherd's pie
Previously published in the Northern Echo
A recent recipe on here was for a beef pot roast and, if there’s any left over, the remains can be used for a cottage pie. Of course, you don’t need to wait for that though. If there’s no left overs, just sauté some chopped onions, add 450g of minced beef to brown, add a little stock or wine and allow to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes. Then proceed as if you’ve some leftover roast beef mince as below.

I think I once got the leek and potato mix idea from Delia but you could use other ingredients to make the mash even more interesting. Try buttered cooked garden peas instead or you could sprinkle the top of the finished mash with grated cheese before baking in the oven. Remember, there are no rules.

Serves four

One kg of potatoes for mashing –…

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