Mince steak and stout cottage pie recipe

  • Serves 6
  • 15 mins to prepare and 40 mins to cook
  • 370 calories / serving
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Why not try this traditional steak cottage pie topped with a parsnip and potato mash for a hearty and comforting meal?

Place the onion, steak and mushrooms into a large heavy based frying pan and cook over a high heat for 10-15 minutes, breaking up with a wooden spoon until the meat is golden all over and the onion and mushrooms are soft and golden.

Add the carrots, tomato purée, stout, beef stock and Worcestershire sauce and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the thyme leaves and transfer to a medium shallow gratin dish.

Preheat the oven to gas 7, 220°C, fan 200°C. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil and cook the parsnips and potatoes for 15 minutes until tender. Drain well and mash with the butter and season generously with a little salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mash well with a potato masher then spoon mounds of the mash over the top of the mince mixture, scatter with the Parmesan and bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until golden. Scatter with thyme leaves to garnish.

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  • Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 500g (1lb) minced steak
  • 200g (7oz) chestnut mushrooms, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 150ml (¼ pint) stout
  • 150ml (¼ pint) rich beef stock
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 5 tbsp fresh chopped thyme leaves
  • For the mash

  • 450g (14½oz) parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 350g (12oz) potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 25g (1oz) butter
  • 15g (½oz) finely grated Parmesan cheese
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  • Energy 1535kj 370kcal 19%
  • Fat 19g 27%
  • Saturates 9g 45%
  • Sugars 12g 13%
  • Salt 1.8g 30%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 28.2g Protein 22.3g Fibre 8.2g


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