You guyyys! It is almost July. But today in Scotland it was 100% rain and the high was 12°C/53°F. Nothing like a little sideways rain and wearing a beanie to work to make you feel summery.
Best part about today though- comfort food for dinner! I thought I would be saving this recipe to post next fall… but turns out, it was the perfect meal to pair with my wooly socks after a wet and chilly day.
Cottage Pie or Shepherds Pie, is full of hearty vegetables and grass-fed beef topped with fluffy mashed root vegetables, all baked to perfection. This recipe is not only nutritious, tasty and filling, it is also simple and affordable.
Serves 2-3 / Ready in 25 minutes
- 200g (2 smallish) sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 200g turnip, peeled and diced
- 250g (.5lb) lean beef mince
- 1 yellow onion, peeled and diced
- 2 parsnip, peeped and diced
- 3 carrot, peeled and grated
- 3 celery stalks, diced
- 1 small leek, chopped
- 240ml/ 1 cup vegetable stock
- 1/2 tbs dried mixed herbs
- 1 tsp each; paprika, cumin, garlic and salt
- 1 tbs ACV [apple cider vinegar]
- Cook the sweet potato and turnip in a pan of boiling water for 15 mins
- Meanwhile, cook the ground beef in a pan over a high heat with 1/2 the diced onion, ACV and sprinkle of garlic salt. Cook meat to brown evenly
- Add the remaining onion, carrot, parsnip, celery + leek to meat mixture
- Add vegetable broth and bring to the boil and bubble gently for 15 mins. Sprinkle in herbs and spices.
- Spoon into an ovenproof dish
- Drain the sweet potato + turnip, mash with butter (or ghee)
- Top the meat + veg mixture with mash
- Place in oven until the top begins to crisp
- Share with your people, enjoy!
- Veggie? Consider swapping meat for a combination of mushrooms and walnuts, or lentils. See recipe from Minimalist Baker
- To save time, you can buy ready-made mash. Simply heat up, top over your mixture and bake in oven.
- Feel free to experiment with vegetables. This recipe is a great way to clear out the produce that you haven’t used up yet and cut back on food waste! Green bean, peas, corn, kale… just go for it!
This did not disappoint as Ryan as loves a good casserole. I suppose this will be a staple for us not only in the winter but in all the months, because sometimes you just need a lil bit of comfort.
Have a delicious weekend!