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1 lb minced beef or 2 x 400g cans of mince
2 tablespoons olive oil or 1 oz butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, chopped
200g can of tomatoes
3 oz mushrooms, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1-2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
1lb potato peeled and chopped into even pieces
(if you are short of time slice the potatoes into discs and place on top of the mince mix when it is to be simmered (method 8) add a few splashes of hot water and follow the rest of the instructions. this also turns the dish into a one pot wonder!
2 oz Parmesan cheese, grated
What you will need
One pan casserole or medium to large thick based saucepan
One small to medium pan for the potatoes
A masher ( or sieve and spoon)
Plates to serve
Fill the small pan with cold water and add salt to taste.
add the potatoes and bring to the boil. Meanwhile
Heat the oil or butter in a saucepan.
Add the onion, garlic and mince (not if you are using tinned mince see next instruction) and cook until onions are soft and mince is brown.
Check potatoes with a knife or fork to see if they are ready couple of minutes after they have been boiling, no more ( if knife or fork slips out easily from the heart of a piece of potato, the potatoes are ready).
Remove potatoes from the heat drain then add a little seasoning if required and either mash or sieve the potatoes to your desired consistency (I prefer to sieve and force the potato through with the back of a spoon as it gives a smother finish) cover and keep warm until required.
Stir into the pan the tomatoes, mushrooms and mixed herbs (If you are using canned mince add this now) and season with salt and pepper.
Put the lid on the casserole dish or saucepan and cook gently for about 35minutes (15mins for tinned or pre cooked) mince
Re heat the potatoes if requiredÂ on a low heat stirring constantly and add a little olive oil or butter idf you wish at this point
To serve, make a ring of mashed potato on each plate and fill the centre with the savoury mixture. Sprinkle with grated parmesan.
To make life easier you can serve with a boil-in-the bag rice instead of the mashed potato or, alternatively stay traditional and serve the mince on a bed of spaghetti.