So here was my recent dilemma.  I had a fabulous roast beef dinner, but then struggled for ideas in utilising the leftover meat, especially as I didn’t want to eat the same thing several days in succession.

I thought about it and decided that the amount of meat leftover warranted several ideas.  Something that I had not done before was to mince the beef.  I was actually able to freeze half (with a view to making a family portion of chilli con carne) or can be used for making beef burgers or meatballs.   For the immediate use, I would create a cottage pie, with the remainder.  For those of you not familiar with cottage pie, this is a meat pie (beef) with a topping of mashed potato and grilled cheese.  Having a mincer has been a revelation!

From a 2kg joint of silverside beef, the roast beef served 3 hungry mouths, I made 6 portions of cottage pie and had about 600g of minced beef, which I froze.  No more waste, no more having to eat the same meal several nights running and to be honest a juicy joint of meat will only take so much re-heating, before it becomes dry and tough and starts to loose it’s flavour.

kenwood mincer, roast beef

You don’t need to go to any major expense, as you can purchase a hand mincer.  As I already have a Kenwood Major mixer, I purchased a mincer attachment, which will allow me to make burgers, sausages and generally mince meat.  You can do the same if you own a Kitchen Aid.

With the roast beef leftovers, I also had onion gravy, which would become the base of the sauce to accompany the meat and I was able to utilise every bit of food.

Here is my recipe below for cottage pie.

minced beef cottage pie
Cottage pie
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A great crowd pleaser, utilising left over beef. Great for freezing and will bcome a family favourite with toppings of mash potato and optional cheese.
Servings
6
Prep Time
20min
Cook Time
20min+ grilling time
Servings
6
Prep Time
20min
Cook Time
20min+ grilling time
minced beef cottage pie
Cottage pie
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A great crowd pleaser, utilising left over beef. Great for freezing and will bcome a family favourite with toppings of mash potato and optional cheese.
Servings
6
Prep Time
20min
Cook Time
20min+ grilling time
Servings
6
Prep Time
20min
Cook Time
20min+ grilling time
Ingredients
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Instructions
  1. In a large frying pan, add the olive oil, along with the onions and gently fry until they are translucent and soft. Add your bay leaf and add the mince, frying until browned.
  2. Add the vegetables and fry for several minutes (it's ok to add the peas frozen). I partially steam or cook the carrots in the microwave, before adding as they take longer to cook than the rest of the veg.
  3. Add the tomato, gravy/stock and worcester sauce and simmer for several minutes. If the sauce is too thin, add a tsp of cornflour with water and cook for several further minutes and you should start to see it thicken. You are looking for the consistency of gravy. Season with salt and pepper. Then set aside.
  4. Peel and cook your potatoes, adding salt to season and cook until just soft. Drain and then mash, adding butter/oil and a dash of milk. Season well.
  5. With your meat/gravy sauce in an ovenproof dish, gently place the mashed potato over the meat and with the back of a fork, even out, until the top is completely covered. Add optional grated cheese if you wish.
  6. If the vegetables are adequately cooked to your choice, you just need to grill until the cheese/potato is browned, otherwise place in the oven at 160F/180C, Gas 4 for around 20 minutes and then grill for a crispy topping.
Recipe Notes

If you have leftover gravy and roast beef from that Sunday roast, you will need to greatly reduce your frying time.

Cottage pie is fine for freezing any left overs.

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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving
Calories 485kcal
Fat
Saturated Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Fibre
Sugars
Protein
20g
7g
896mg
48g
6g
6g
29g
31%
35%
37%
16%
24%
58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving
Calories 485kcal
Fat
Saturated Fat
Sodium
Carbohydrates
Fibre
Sugars
Protein
20g
7g
896mg
48g
6g
6g
29g
31%
35%
37%
16%
24%
58%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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