Classic Cottage Pie
with tender charred green beans
When the word 'pie' is mentioned it's often the sweet variety that springs to mind first. But there's a lot to be said for a hearty helping of a savoury version, such as this rich and delicious potato-topped classic country dish.
Red Wine Jus
Not included in your delivery
- Preheat your oven to 240°C/220°C fan/gas mark 9.
- Boil a pot of salted water for the potatoes.
- Chop the potatoes into 2cm chunks (peeling optional).
- Once boiling, add the potatoes to the water and cook until fork tender, 12-18 mins.
- Once cooked, drain in a colander and return to the pot, off the heat. Add a knob of butter and a splash of milk or water and mash until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, halve, peel and chop the onion into small pieces.
- Peel and grate the garlic (or use a garlic press).
- Trim the green beans.
- Quarter the carrot lengthways, then chop widthways into ½ cm pieces.
- Place a pan over medium-high heat with a drizzle of oil.
- Once hot, fry the green beans until starting to char, 2-3 mins.
- Add a splash of water and cover with a lid or some foil.
- Cook until the green beans are tender, 4-5 mins.
- Remove from pan and cover to keep warm. Give your pan a quick wipe then return to medium-high heat.
- Add the mince and onion to the pan and fry until browned, stirring occasionally, 5-6 mins. IMPORTANT: Wash hands and equipment after handling raw mince.
- Break the beef up as it cooks. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add carrot, passata, garlic, muscat and half the Italian herbs (double for 4p). Fry until fragrant, 1 min.
- Pour in the red wine jus. Simmer until thickened, 5-8 mins. IMPORTANT: Mince is cooked when no longer pink in the middle.
- Once the mince is ready, taste and season with salt and pepper if needed. Add a splash of water if you feel it's too dry.
- Transfer the mince to an appropriately-sized oven dish.
- Top with an even layer of mashed potato. Use the back of a spoon to evenly spread it over.
- Take 2 tbsp butter (double for 4p), cut into small pieces and distribute over the top of the mash.
- Pop the dish in the oven and allow the butter to melt, 5-6 mins.
- When everything's ready, carefully remove the cottage pie from the oven.
- Share the piping hot pie between plates.
- Serve the tender green beans alongside.