What a hectic week this was. It was fun and exciting to meet new people despite all the rush and spend precious time with special friends. Amidst all the hustle, I managed to cook my version of cottage pie with garlic mashed potatoes.
I made a quick and easy recipe the other day, just adding herbs and spices as I go along, which is how I cook. Everything went so fast that the parsley that I forgot to add to the mince mix ended up in the mash with some fresh garlic. I guess not a bad idea on the spur of the moment. With extra butter and some cream added, it is sheer luxury.
I just had a small ball of minced meat (about 1.5 cups), but this amount may feed three hungry souls.
Easy Cottage Pie With Garlic Mashed Potatoes
- 1 good glug olive oil
- ⅔ pound ground beef (minced beef)
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper - to taste
- ½ cup red pepper - sliced
- 1 medium carrot - very thinly sliced
- 3 medium potatoes
- 1 clove garlic - grated
- 2-3 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon parsley - chopped
- ¼ cup milk
- ¼ cup cream
For the meat:
- Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the minced beef and fry until just cooked.
- Add all the spices and seasonings and cook for another minute.
- Now add the peppers and carrots, stir through and fry for a minute or 2.
- Add 1 cup of boiling water to the pan. Cook until almost all the liquid has been absorbed/evaporated, and the carrots are tender.
- Stir in the soup powder to form a lovely thick gravy.
- Remove from the heat and set aside.
For the garlic mash:
- Peel, dice and cook three potatoes in salted water until tender.
- Drain the water and place the potatoes back in the pot.
- Add one grated clove of garlic and 2-3 tablespoons of butter, and one tablespoon of chopped parsley.
- Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until lump-free.
- Stir in about 1/4 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of cream. The mash should be thick and creamy, not too dry and not too runny.
- Spoon the mince and veggie mix into a small ovenproof dish.
- Top with the mashed potatoes.
- Bake in a preheated oven at 190 degrees Celsius for about 15 minutes. The top of the mashed potatoes should start to turn golden brown and crusty.