Modernized Lean Beef Cottage Pie!

 

What’s for dinner tonight? My famous Lean Beef Cottage Pie! Served with a Tilsit crisp, red cabbage purée and a green salad. A modern twist on a traditional recipe.

My cottage pie is one of my go to dishes, when I’m not sure what to cook or I need  a fail proof crowd pleaser. And after my recent disaster with a not so successful dessert attempt, I need a dinner dish that’ll boost up my confidence a bit.

Beef cottage pie with red cabbage purée and German Tilt crip
Beef cottage pie with a red cabbage purée and German Tilsit crisp

Any good friend or family member will tell you about my cottage pie! Not bragging or anything(maybe a little), but I have friends from all corners of the world who will tell you my cottage pie is pretty damn good! 🙂

Cottage pie with cabbage purée and crisp
Cottage pie with cabbage purée and cheese crisp served with a salad.

So what do you need?

-Lean beef mince or any mince you can afford.   – red wine( optional)

– Veggies- Potatoes.  – tomatoes  – mushroom. – spring onions.   – carrots   – onions – garlic( 3 cloves)

– Salad. – red cabbage.   – knob of margarine.  – German tilsit cheese – parsley

– Spices- my ‘Mauritian super masala’- spicy! You can make your own combination depending on how much spice you can take. Combine nutmeg, cinnamon, paprika, cayenne, chili flakes, black pepper, salt, cardamom, garam,coriander powder.

Modern twist on traditional cottage pie
Modern twist on traditional cottage pie

 

The cooking:

1. Mash- boil potatoes in salted water. Dice potatoes small to cook quicker. When cooked, drain water. On to large bowl/ original pot, put in the cooked potatoes, margarine and chopped parsely, pepper- mix and mash until smooth.

2. The mince- on to hot oiled pot add chopped onions until soft, then garlic, mushrooms, spring onions, carrots, then mince and tomatoes. Combine well, add stock, salt and cook. In 5 min add  1/4 cup of Red wine. Cook for 10 more min, then remove from stove.

3. Red cabbage purée- using cabbage left over from my lunch salad, which was sautéed in margarine with salt, pepper and red grape juice. Just Purée!

4. Tilsit cheese crisp- you can use any cheese you like. In my fridge I have the German tilsit cheese so I’ll use that. Grate the cheese then season with pepper and put on baking paper as small piles,  over an oiled roasting pan, onto the oven at 230 deg for 5 min. Then remove and cool.

Instead of a traditional cottage pie with cheese on top, I’m modernizing it a little by putting grated cheese at the bottom of the stack, having a cheese crisp for the crunchy texture and making a play on the traditional cheesy topping.

The Assemble: into individual pots/casserole dishes- stack grated cheese, the mince mixture and top with the parsley mash. Put into oven for 5 min, then remove and serve with a crisp, salad and the cabbage purée.

 

NB:

I love all things spice! There’s a story behind every masala I have in my kitchen.

The ‘Mauritian Masala’ story: we recently had a family holiday in Mauritius for my mother-in-laws 64th birthday and obviously  I had to walk through their food and spice markets. I met this old man in one of the markets who sold different Indian spices, but in his collection he also had a masala from Singapore. I thought this was very odd since Mauritian cuisine is mostly Indian based. Anyway, long story short, he captured my attention. We got talking about spices and food, and I asked him to make me a combination of spices he cooks with at his home. He did and oh boy, is it spicy!

Author: preciousgarnett

I'm a multi-faceted young woman. I'm a proud mom to a now 5 year old 😜. I'm a daughter, I'm a sister and a friend to a few people. I'm a medical doctor by profession, passionate about infectious disease, primary health care and public health. I live food, from thinking about it, cooking it to eating it. Health and Nutrition fanatic. I live by a few chants...: 1. Before I do anything whether related to food or not, I ask myself ' Is it worth the calories?' Whether literally or figuratively( i.e. Is the decision worth the stress, effort, investment) 2. What you put in must come out! If you don't let it out, it settles on your tummy and hips. 3. 'Everything happens for a reason'. I try reflect on situations I find myself in, whether by choice or not. And look for Lessons I'm meant to learn from them, in order to grow.

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