A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer:
Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash
I am a Scotty Brand Blogger – this means every few weeks I receive a lovely package of fresh fruit or vegetables, from spuds to strawberries and raspberries to carrots, I have been lucky enough the receive all of these beautifully fresh, Scottish locally grown produce. With my seasonal boxes I am asked to make a recipe with them; either one of the excellent recipes on Scotty Brand’s website, or one of my own creations. Last week I received six bags of potatoes – Kestrel potatoes - Kestrel potatoes are distinguishable by their beautiful blue-purple eyes and cream-coloured skin, with a long oval shape and smooth texture. Due to their great shape and creamy texture, they are exceptional boilers, bakers or roasters. Whether you roast, boil, wedge or mash them, our potatoes are the perfect addition to any balanced meal, and I decided to mash mine when I made a family favourite and a real winter warmer, my tried and tested recipe for Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash.
My Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash recipe contains a little secret – added veggies in the topping and a very Scottish way of serving spuds, swede. Mashed swede and potatoes are called “Clapshot” or “Neeps and Tatties” in Scotland, and I often make a batch to accompany a roast dinner; there are many variations and some recipes contain chives and turnip in place of swede, but, I prefer the taste of swede, as well as the bright cheery colour, so I added swede to my clapshot topping. The final comforting flourish is to add grated mature Cheddar cheese for that extra special topping……
Cottage pie, like its opposite lamb number, Shepherd’s pie, was the ingenious idea of housewives many years ago, in order to create another warm and comforting meal usually from the Sunday Lunch left-overs. Cooked beef or lamb were diced or shredded and sometimes the vegetables were added to the meat mixture – such as peas or carrots. This recipe uses raw minced beef, but you could use minced cooked beef if you wish, I have added it as an alternative. Try to use mature Farmhouse Cheddar cheese for the topping – a little goes a long way, as it is so strong in flavour. The cheese is very luxurious, but takes this simple and comforting pie to a higher taste level, in my humble opinion! Serve bubbling hot straight from the oven with steamed cabbage, carrots or any seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy….although we love tinned peas with ours, it’s our guilty little pleasure!
My Scotty Brand Kestrel potatoes were brilliant when mashed, and made a light fluffy mash, even with the added steamed swede. I see this recipe being a GREAT meal to have between Christmas and New Year; with all that rich food, this will be a fabulous and homely (and simple) meal to make to feed the hungry hordes. Potatoes, apart from being tasty and filling, are also very nutritious, did you know……
* A boiled potato has the second highest concentrate of folic acid after bread. Folic acid boosts your immune system, as it supports the production of white blood cells.
* Despite the rumours, potatoes are actually a better source of potassium than bananas. A banana contains roughly 450mg, whereas a baked potato contains 750mg.
* Potassium protects you against heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease. It keeps your muscles strong and reduces tiredness.
* Potatoes contain no cholesterol, so are ideal for lowering high blood pressure.
* One medium potato supplies 30mg vitamin C — that’s nearly as much as in a whole glass of tomato juice.
* There are 93 calories in every 100g potatoes – a GREAT fact for all you 5:2 dieters out there!
I hope you enjoy my Scottish inspired Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash recipe, I am off to see my sister tomorrow before Christmas, but I will be around to answer all comments as well as offering some new giveaways, sharing some new 5:2 fast day recipes as well as many feasting recipes too! Have a wonderful Advent Sunday, the third one, only one week to go now………see you later, Karen