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How to make delicious cottage pie

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A cottage pie is easy to make. It makes a warming winter meal that can be served with most green vegetables and gravy. Again for this recipe you do not need scales. This recipe is made with beef mince. It can be made with lamb mince which has a stronger taste. This is then called shepherd's pie.
What you'll need: 
6 large potatoes.
large pack of beef mince.
1 large onion.
1 large carrot.
Pinch of thyme.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Some grated cheddar cheese for garnish.
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.
3 to 4 cups of whater.
One beef stock cube.
Place the oil into a pan and finely chop the onion. Heat the oil and add the onion and cook until it is soft. Chop the carrot into small cubes and add this to the pan.
Open the pack of mince and add, keep stirring the pan as you go. This is to brown the mince. Sirring also ensures the contents do not get stuck to the bottom of the pan.
Add the water. Then the salt, pepper, thyme and beef stock cube. You can use gravy granules as a substitute if you wish. About two or three teaspoons should be enough. Bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for about thirty five minutes.
Peel the potatoes and add to a pan of cold water. I say six potatoes as this is right for the amouint of topping I want. You can experiment with your own and decide how thick you want your topping. Place the pan on the heat and bring to the boil. Cook until they are soft soft.
When the potatoes are ready. Remove from the heat drain and mash. Drain the contents of the mince mixture and place in a large dish. Level off this mixure so it is even.
Add the potato and level this off also so it is even and looks presentable. Add the grated cheese and place under the grill for a couple of minutes until slightly brown.
You can boil some vegetables and make gravy to accompany this dish. It is now ready to serve.
This should serve about four people. However it can be safely frozen in portions so there is no waste and can be reheated in the oven or the microwave. For vegetarians Quorn mince can be used as an alternative. Quorn is aslo a good alternative as it has about 75% less fat than beef mince. It is also a reasonably cheap meal to make.


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