About this recipe:Using turkey mince means you get a satisfying pie that is lighter in fat in calories. The potato and cauliflower mash topping is delicious, and the carrots and garden peas in the mince mixture mean you get more healthy veg.
4 potatoes, cut into chunks
1/2 cauliflower, separated into florets
475ml chicken stock
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, grated
680g minced turkey
225g frozen garden peas
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
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Place the potatoes and cauliflower into a pan, then pour in the chicken stock. Add water to nearly cover the vegetables; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until the potatoes and cauliflower are tender, about 20 minutes. Drain the potatoes and cauliflower, but keep about 125ml of the cooking liquid. Separate the cooked potatoes into a large bowl. Transfer the cauliflower into a blender or food processor along with about 1/2 of the cooking liquid, and pulse until the cauliflower is thoroughly pureed. Spoon the blended cauliflower into the bowl with the potatoes, and mash together until the cauliflower and potatoes form a smooth, white mixture. Season the mixture with salt and black pepper. For a softer topping, stir in a few more spoonfuls of the cooking liquid.
Preheat oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Lightly grease a 20x30cm baking dish.
Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, and cook the onion and carrots until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes; stir in the turkey mince, and cook until no longer pink, breaking it up into small chunks as it cooks. Stir in peas and Worcestershire sauce, then cook until the mince has begun to brown, about 10 more minutes. If the filling mixture starts to look dried out, stir in a few spoonfuls of the cauliflower cooking liquid to keep it moist. Place the filling into the prepared baking dish, then smooth it out into an even layer. Top the filling with the cauliflower mash, and spread with a fork, leaving little peaks and swirls in the topping.
Bake the pie in the preheated oven until the filling is bubbling, about 25 minutes. Turn on the grill, and grill the pie until the mash has browned, about 10 more minutes.
This idea is good for me as I am looking for a substitute for potatoes. Although, it's confusing what the compiler is seeking to do; lower the fat content or lower the carbs? This recipe would do both. So it's a win-win. I suppose, depending on your POV regarding fat versus carbs. Carbs cause me to put on weight, hence my search for a potato free cottage pie. Thanks for this recipe. I'd use beef or lamb (Shepherd's Pie) though. I like this idea. and it tastes delish! - 12 Sep 2011