Mr V's Simple Cottage Pie
My hubby really enjoys cooking and this simple cottage pie has been one of our favourites during the winter months. He usually makes a big batch in separate dishes so we can freeze some for later use.
500g Beef Mince
1 Chopped onion
2 Sliced carrots
1 or 2 handfuls of peas - depending on personal taste
1 Pack of cottage pie mix
800g Mash - we use frozen mash but you could use fresh if you prefer/have the time
He likes to use Colman's cottage pie mix but you could use any packet mix, we've even used plain old gravy when we didn't have any packets left - this doesn't give the cottage pie as much flavour but it's still tasty.
First you brown the mince and onions in a frying pan and then add the carrots and peas. Next you make up the Colman's mix in a jug and pour it into the frying pan over the ingredients, stir then leave it for 15 minutes to simmer. Once it has simmered you can transfer it to your dishes.
Now you can make the mash and spread it over the top of the mince mix.
Once this is done any pies that you are planning to freeze will need to be left to cool before covering and putting in the freezer. The pie you are planning to eat straight away goes in a pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes at 200°C or until the mash looks golden brown.
That's it. It really is that simple to make, especially if you use frozen mash which, in my opinion, tastes just as good as homemade mash but without all the hassle. When you have a family you don't always have time to make everything from scratch so anything that makes cooking quicker is wonderful!
What was your favourite winter meal this year?