Mince beef potato bake

Sometimes we all feel like comfort food and this meal really hits that spot. Ideally its a great winter meal but there are no rules in our house and today this is what we felt like. My mince beef potato bake is much like a shepherd’s pie, just prepared a little differently. This is a great dinner option for kids as it includes beef, vegetables and cheese, and they just love it.

Ingredients

1/2 a bunch of celery, trimmed and diced finely

3 large carrots, trimmed and diced finely

1 brown onion, diced finely

500g mince beef

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 x 400g cans of crushed tomatoes

1 cup of beef stock

3 bay leaves

2 tablespoons of tomato paste

6 large potatoes, peeled and chopped in half

250ml of Light cream

Tasty cheddar cheese, grated

seasoning

1 tablespoon of Olive oil

Steps:

Heat oil in frypan and fry onion, carrots and celery until they soften. Add beef mince and tomato paste, break up beef mince and cook until meat is browned. Add the stock, crushed tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning and bay leaves. Stir well and cook for approx 40 minutes, until sauce has thickened.

While this is cooking, boil the potatoes for approx 10 minutes or until tender. Then drain and slice. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spoon mixture into a large baking dish into a smooth layer and add sliced potatoes on top. Cover potato with cheese and pour cream over the top. Cook in the oven for approx 25 minutes or until cheese turns golden. Serve with bread and salad.

Note: I like to bake this in a few smaller baking dishes which are suitable for the freezer so i can freeze small portions of it for a later day. If you want to pretty up the presentation best to bake it in small individual dishes per person, that way it won’t look as messy.

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