July 29

Hearty Cottage Pie

I love cottage pie! (Turns out Shepherds pie is made with lamb.) This is a delicious hearty meal for a cold day.

I've always wanted to make my own version without the addition of gravy granules. I'm just not crazy on the flavour or maybe I'm just not crazy on artificial flavours... This recipe has no gravy and is flavoured with herbs instead.

You can also use mashed parsnip or cauliflower for the topping for something a little different.

Ingredients: Serves 4

For the topping:

  • 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, to taste.

For the filling:

  • 700g lean beef mince
  • 2 medium onions, finely diced
  • 1 large leeks, cleaned, sliced finely
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped finely
  • 3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 1 cup baby peas, thawed
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ cup of stock
  • ½ cup of tomato passata
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

How To:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C.
  2. Place the potatoes in a pot of fresh salted water and bring to a boil. Cook until easily pierced by a fork.
  3. Add the carrots, onions, leeks, celery garlic and herbs to a pan and cook until the veg is soft. Add the mince and cook until the meat has thoroughly lost it's pink colour. Break up the mince here to avoid lumps. Add the peas, worcestershire sauce and stock and stir through. I try to use enough stock to create a little "juice".
  4. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper. Remove from heat and layer in the bottom of a casserole or baking dish.
  5. Drain the potatoes. Season with sea salt, ground pepper and nutmeg. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and mash! Layer on top of the mince layer in the casserole dish and add your own design on top if you like.
  6. Bake in the center of a preheated oven until bubbling and hot- about 25 to 30 minutes.

I hope you'll enjoy this recipe. Let me know how this turns out for you! Tag me in your pictures on Instagram@PilatesBarreDlk I'd love to see them!

Emma x 

Hearty Sweet Potato Cottage Pie Recipe

Meet Emma

Hi, I am Emma McAtasney, a NCEHS Personal Trainer since 2009. I earned my Pilates credentials through BASI Pilates, a highly respected college-level Pilates teacher training programme which aim is to create and maintain professional standards for the teaching of the Pilates Method to the highest calibre.

In addition, I am a prenatal and postnatal exercise specialist, nutritionist and founder of a boutique Pilates studio in Dundalk, Ireland.

I help my clients eat healthier, ditch fad diets and lose weight for good by guiding them to make small manageable changes that long term have a huge impact on their quality of life!

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