Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato

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Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato

A good old South African favourite with twist. 

Original recipe here.


- 1 tbsp olive oil

- 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped

- 1 medium carrot, peeled, finely chopped

- 2 celery stalks, trimmed, finely chopped

- 500g beef mince

- 2 tsp worcestershire sauce

- 2 tbsp tomato paste

- 400g can crushed tomatoes

- 1 tsp mixed herbs

- 2/3 cup frozen peas

- 600g orange sweet potato, peeled, chopped

- 1/4 cup milk

- 20g butter

- 1/3 cup grated cheddar cheese


1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion, carrot and celery.  Cook, stirring for 3 to 4 minutes or until onion has softened.  Add mince.  Cook, stirring with wooden spoon to break up mince, for 5 minutes or until browned. 

2. Add worcesteshire sauce, tomato paste, tomato and herbs.  Bring to the boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until thickened.  Stir in peas.  Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

3. Meanwhile, cook potato in a saucepan of boiling water for 8 minutes or until just tender.  Drain. Return to pan.  Add milk and butter.  Mash until smooth.  Spoon beef mixture into a 5 cm deep, 6 cup-capacity ovenproof dish.  Top with potato mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden.  Serve.


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