Category : Beef Dishes
A traditional, wholesome meal – minced lamb or beef with a tasty cheese and potato topping – a family favourite!
15 minutes preparation, approx 1 hour cooking in total
Don’t be put off by the number of stages in this recipe – once you have cooked it once you probably won’t even need to glance at it – this is sure to become a family favourite!
Finely chop the onion.
Chop the carrots into small even pieces
Peel the potatoes, cut them into quarters and put them in a pan of salted water to stop them turning brown.
Grate the cheese.
Pour the oil into a large saucepan or frying pan on a medium heat and add the chopped onions.
Cook for about 5 minutes, turning the onions frequently until they start to turn golden brown but don’t burn.
Add the carrots and continue to cook for a further 5 minutes turning the mix frequently.
Remove everything from the pan and reserve for use later.
Add the lamb (or beef) to the pan; you may need to do this in several stages to get it all in.
Stir frequently until all the meat is thoroughly browned and broken down into small pieces.
Once browned, return the carrot and onion mix to the meat in the pan. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes to the pan, as well as a good teaspoon of mixed herbs. If necessary, add a little water, swilled out around the tomato can, to get the rest of the juices from there.
Add a stock cube or a little gravy mix to help thicken, but not too much at this stage, as the mixture will reduce during cooking.
Turn the heat down, add a lid and leave to simmer and bubble for approximately 30 minutes.
Stir occasionally and add a little water if the mixture starts to stick or dry up.
At this stage, you can start to boil the cut up potatoes in their salted water. Cook on a medium heat for about 25 minutes, or until tender.
Once cooked, drain the potatoes, add the butter and a splash of milk, and mash until smooth. This should take a good few minutes to ensure that all the lumps and removed.
Check the meat mixture – the meat should be soft and flavoursome, the carrots should be tender. If necessary, add a little water or gravy mix to either thin or thicken the consistency, as required. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper as necessary.
Pre-heat the over to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Pour the meat mixture into the bottom of a long Pyrex dish, and smooth with a wooden spoon to ensure an even coverage.
Top the meat mixture with the smooth mashed potato, and even out with the back of a wooden or metal spoon. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.
Put the whole dish into the pre-heated oven and cook for approximately 30 minutes (turning half way), or until the mixture is piping hot all the way through, and the cheese topping is bubbling and golden brown.