It's a great way to get hidden veggies into the kids as well - so in my opinion it's a "double prizes" kind of dish.
My cottage pie is so simple even my 17 year old teenage son can make it.
Mince meat, potatoes, leek and carrots are the mainstays, but then I add whatever is left hanging around in the crisper drawer of the fridge. Onion, leeks, even courgettes have found their way in. There is no wrong or right with this one.
To make it healthy: I mix a bit of sweet pototo with normal potatoes for the topping and use a spoonful of creme fraiche instead of butter to mix up the mashed potatoe to a lovely consistency.
The meat I cook using the leanest mince I can find, and drain it well. Oil is replaced with fry light and instead of heavy stocks, I use onion gravy with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Before you say "urgh" it's a basic in every spagetti bolognaise sauce, so not as odd as it sounds and gives the sauce a lovely sweetness to it's taste.
Apres meal.. not alot left.
Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.
This blog is as a result of a post on foodies 100. What we need are some good hearty recipes that are healthy too. Our latest competition with our friends at Morphy Richards is calling out for your delicious recipe recommendations that have a healthy twist in conjunction with Morphy Richards. www.morphyrichards.co.uk