Cottage pie with curried mash

    45 min

    Curry powder adds a whole new element of flavour to traditional cottage pie! I like to add some hidden veg like leeks - my teenage kids gobble this up.

    4 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • 500g potatoes, peeled
    • 1 tablespoon milk, or to taste
    • 1 tablespoon butter, or to taste
    • 400g sliced leeks
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
    • 300g beef mince
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 2 teaspoons curry powder
    • 100g grated Cheddar cheese
    • handful breadcrumbs

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    2. Place potatoes in a pot; cover with cold water and brig to the boil. Cook potatoes until tender, about 20 minutes; drain. Add milk and butter and mash the potatoes until smooth. Add some of the grated cheese and season with pepper, salt and half of the curry powder.
    3. Place the sliced leeks in a large frying pan; cover with water and simmer for about 8-10 minutes or until soft; drain.
    4. Add a dash of olive oil and crushed garlic to the pan. Stir in beef mince, salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and cloves; cook and stir until mince is browned.
    5. Spoon the beef mixture over the bottom of an oven dish. Arrange cooked leeks on top and sprinkle remaining curry powder on leeks. Spoon mashed potatoes on top of leeks; sprinkle remaining grated cheese on top and scatter breadcrumbs on cheese.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and breadcrumbs are toasted.

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