Deconstructed Cottage Pie

I really love traditional British food, and cottage pie is one of the great classics. Although I don’t like to mess with tradition, sometimes is nice to try and re-create a dish and make it a little different to the norm. All the key ingredients are there in this dish, but let’s be honest, I blogged a mash potato dish last time and therefore didn’t fancy it two days in a row (gotta keep the variety there kids). So next time you reach for your potatoes, mince and pies, give it a second though how you cook it; you may discover a new love for great British food.

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Serves 2

–          100g carrots – chopped into 2cm cubes

–          220g potatoes – chopped onto 2cm cubes

–          Salt

–          1 ½ tbsp. rape seed oil

–          1 large red onion – roughly chopped

–          1 tbsp oil

–          200g beef mince

–          2 cloves garlic – minced

–          2 tsp mixed herbs

–          ¼ tsp cinnamon

–          1 tbsp red wine vinegar

–          2 tbsp Worcester sauce

–          2 tbsp tomato puree

–          ½ tsp marmite

–          ¼ pint gravy

–          150g peas

–          2 eggs

Preheat the oven to 200’C

Toss the carrots in the oil and the salt and roast in the oven for 40 minutes – stirring in-between

Fry the onion in the oil for 5 minutes until browned.

Add the mince and cook until it has also browned, stirring regularly

Add the garlic and the mixed herbs and just fry off for 2 minutes

Add the wine vinegar, Worcester sauce, tomato puree and marmite and give it a good stir. Leave to sweat of the vinegar for a minute.

Add the gravy and once it boils, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes until you have a thick and rich sauce. 3 minutes before serving add the peas.

When the potatoes and the mince are ready, heat a frying pan with a glug of oil and fry the eggs until the white is all cooked

Stir the potatoes into the mince and plate up, top with the fried egg and enjoy. 

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9 thoughts on “Deconstructed Cottage Pie

  1. This looks so delicious!! I’ve never heard of Marmite! This is exciting though! I’ll have to google it and add it to my culinary arts stuffs! 🙂 Thank you for sharing this recipe! 🙂 ♥ Dawn

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