Cottage Pie with a twist



I bought a 2.5kg bag of potatoes for 86p the other day, so the challenge is to think of ways to use them!! This is a bit different from cottage pie in that

a) it has sliced instead of mashed potatoes

b) it is layered a bit like a lasagne

Basically it’s a cross between cottage pie, lasagne and Lancashire hot pot. Cotagnepot? Hot lasage?

about 8 medium potatoes, par-boiled and cooled

1 lb minced beef

1 onion, diced

1 – 2 cloves of garlic

vegetables of your choice, I used carrots, peas, sweetcorn and a red pepper

1/2 pt beef stock

Lightly fry the onion, garlic and beef until the beef is browned. Meanwhile, boil the vegetables. (I fried the pepper with the meat) Drop a tin on the saucepan and spill half the vegetables all over the floor (optional). Drain the veg and add it to the meat. If you like, jazz up the beef stock with a dash of worcestershire sauce and a squirt of ketchup, pour it over the meat and veg. Slice up the cooled potatoes. Put half the meat mixture in a large oven-proof dish, and then lay half the potatoes over the top. Spread the rest of the meat  over the potatoes, and then lay the rest of the potatoes on it. Sprinkle some cheese on top if you like (cheese makes everything better). Pop it in the oven for about 30 minutes or until browned, at about 200°C.

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