Spiced cottage pie with sweet potato topping recipe

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serves: 6
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Spice: Mild
5-a-day: 2
Prep: 10 min
Cooking: 3 hr
(may need an extra 15 mins in the oven)
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  • A simple cottage pie is given a spicy twist with Lea & Perrins sauce. The result? A flavoursome family favourite


    • 1kg (2lb 4oz) minced beef
    • 2 medium onions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 2tsp ground coriander
    • 2tsp ground cumin
    • 250g (9oz) small mushrooms, halved
    • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 2tbsp Lea and Perrins
    • 450ml (15fl oz) beef stock
    • 2 aubergines, chopped into small chunks
    • A little olive oil
    • 500g (1lb 2oz) sweet potatoes
    • 300g (10oz) King Edward potatoes
    • 25g (1oz) butter
    • 1 bunch flat-leaf parsley, chopped


    • Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F, gas mark 6). Brown the mince in a non-stick pan and set to one side. Gently sauté the onions and garlic until soft, add the spices and cook for 2 mins. Add the mushrooms, browned mince, tomatoes, Lea and Perrins and stock to the pan and reduce the heat. Then allow to simmer very gently for 2 to 2½ hours.

    • Meanwhile, roast the aubergine in a little olive oil for about 20 mins until tender. Once cooked, add to the simmering mince.

    • For the topping, roast the sweet potatoes and potatoes in their skins for about an hour. Scoop the cooked potatoes into a bowl, add the butter and season well. Set to one side until you are ready to assemble the dish.

    • Once the meat has cooked, mix in the chopped parsley, transfer to an ovenproof dish and top with mashed potato. Bake for 30-45 mins until topping is golden.

    Top tip for making Spiced cottage pie with sweet potato topping

    Spice it up even more with a dash of Tabasco, more Lea & Perrins or crushed chillies.

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