Mini Cottage Pies2015-02-23
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Servings : 4
- Prep Time : 10m
- Cook Time : 40m
- Ready In : 50m
We’ve always got some of these hidden away in the freezer, perfect for days when you just can’t be bothered with cooking something. It’s got everything you’d want in a meal.. meat, veg & potatoes.
Ignore the fancy presentation. These are best prepared in the small little takeaway tins you get Chinese food in. Most euro shops sell 10 of these for under €2 and they’re perfect for batch cooking & freezing meals.
In a large frying pan, add the onions and fry over a medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and rosemary and continue to fry for an additional 2 minutes, stirring constantly to stop anything burning.
Add the mince and fry until browned, again stirring constantly.
Add the beef stock, chopped tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce and tomato puree. Bring to the boil, and reduce to simmer for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring constantly. Or until the sauce thickens.
Meanwhile, peel and chop the potatoes, place them in a pot and cover with water. Add a generous pinch of salt and place over a high heat to boil for 10 – 15 minutes.
Drain the potatoes, and mash them as you usually would. We use both milk & butter, and like to throw in a handful of grated cheese. Don't forget to season with salt & pepper!
Divide the meat filling between 4 small sized takeaway containers, top each with a nice helping of the mashed potato. If you're freezing you can go ahead and stick the lids on, they can be frozen once they cool down.
When it comes to cooking them, sprinkle some grated cheese on top and bake in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes at 200C.