6/20/2010

Mini Cottage Pies (II)


Ooh, look at the golden brown pies! :)


This time I used red potatoes instead of purple ones so no purple pies! haha... and yes, these brown nicely as you can see from the pic. :)



Waiting to be baked...



Close-up! Look at the smooth texture of the potato prior to baking! :P


Cottage pies usually require the use of ground beef (and in the case of of the English, they use lamb or mutton). In my previous recipe, I used minced chicken because I didn't have ground beef on hand. This time, I had extra ground beef (leftover from the making of spaghetti sauce) and so I immediately thought of making some cottage pies since Alicia had finished the last lot quite a while ago.

If you or your child do not consume beef for religious reasons or simply detest the taste of beef, you can always give my previous recipe a try instead - not as authentic but nevertheless yummy! :)


Mini Cottage Pies (II)


Ingredients:
  • 3 egg-sized red potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons minced beef
  • 1/3 yellow onion (minced) - I ran out of onion yesterday but would have added it if I had some
  • 1/2 small carrot (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons frozen green peas
  • unsalted all-purpose herbs
  • unsalted butter

Marinate beef with:
  • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1-2tsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • dash of black pepper

Method:
  1. Marinate minced beef.
  2. Peel potatoes and cube them. Boil them till they are soft.
  3. Mash the potatoes with about 1 tablespoon butter, herbs and a pinch of salt.
  4. Heat wok and melt butter.
  5. Fry the minced onion and carrot till onion is soft.
  6. Add the minced beef. Continue frying so that the chicken doesn't clump together.
  7. Add the peas when beef is almost cooked.
  8. Dish up the filling.
  9. Fill the silicon mini muffin cups with the filling to about the half-way mark.
  10. Add the mashed potato on top and shape them like little muffins.
  11. Preheat oven to 200degC.
  12. Bake mini pies for 20-25min at 200degC. (Usually 20min will do for mine)

These mini pies can be frozen and defrosted in the fridge.

Because of the mini size, these can serve well as snacks or even breakfast. Just give more for lunch or dinner! :) Or pair them up with another western dish such as spaghetti - that's what I do sometimes!

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