Bubble & Squeak Cottage/Shepherds Pie
Hi everyone, Sorry if this sounds a bit bloggy, Just prepared dinner for tonight and thought would share with you the dish that is now sitting covered with foil in the fridge, ready to be popped in the oven at 6 pm.
HWMO absolutely loves his Cottage/Shepherdís pie. He would have it for dinner every night if he could.
Earlier I was looking in the fridge at the dish of leftover vegetables that I had sitting there on the shelf since Thursday - Roast potatoes (6), Mashed potatoes, (I always do too much), Swede, Carrots, Peas, Sweetcorn, Green Beans, Garden Peas and Cauliflower.
Donít know whether itís the same with you, but I always have good intentions with left-over veggie, thinking I will treat HWMO to Bubble and Squeak for breakfast with a Poached Egg, but you know how it is, each morning, we usually end up just having cereal followed by toast and marmalade, and before I know it, yet another day has gone by and I still havenít used up the left-over veg sitting forlornly in a dish in my fridge.
Well, I was determined not to waste any of this cooked veg, so, when I had made the mince for the Cottage Pie this evening, and got the bag of red potatoes out of the cupboard to do the topping, I was thinking of which of the veg I could add to the mashed potato topping as per normal, when I suddenly thought...why not a Bubble and Squeak topping! it really appealed to me. I know we all usually add something to our mashed potato at one time or another, but this version after I worked it out, would include the whole lot of my left-over veggie.Yeah! (not just 5-aday, more like 10-aday!) Would have been 11 if I had used a sliced beef tomato to decorate the top as I usually do, but thought maybe not this time.
Anyway, it is ready for baking now, Iím feeling rather pleased and smug for not wasting any left-over veggie. I
I did look online for a video of bubble and squeak cottage/shepherds pie for your entertainment, but unfortunately, no luck! I could only find a photo, where the chef used diced beef instead of minced beef, but itís as near as I could get. Itís the topping that counts.
I did the mince as per normal and transferred it to a 1.1/2ltr casserole dish.
Put the potatoes on to boil for 20 minutes. Strained and mashed them. Then, using my large mixing bowl, I then mashed every veggie that was mashable, and chopped and diced finely any veggie that was choppable and diceable!
Once I had added everything together, A generous tablespoon (or even two) of butter, black pepper, salt, two tablespoons of warm milk, and my Bubble and Squeak topping was ready.
Next, I heated a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a small frying pan over a medium heat, added a finely diced onion and cooked them for 5 minutes, before mixing them too into the mash. Done!
1kg Potatoes (Reds, Maris Piper or a good allrounder best)
Whatever veg you fancy adding to your mashed potato.
Generous knob (or two) of Butter
1 or 2 tablespoons of milk
1 finely diced onion
30g grated cheddar cheese
Salt and black pepper to taste.
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4/Fan 160C
Sprinkle the prepared Cottage Pie with the Cheddar Cheese and Bake for 25-30 minutes. (I always do my Cottage/Shepherds Pie in my temperemental oven for 45 minutes to get the nice golden top that I like0.
(in the photo, they have used diced beef, it looks like an ordinary topping but it is a bubble and squeak topping, honest!)
Looking forward to demolishing it between us tonight.