Cold weather hotpot

Cold weather hotpot

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Cooking time

Ready in 40-45 minutes

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 5 - 6

This recipe stretches a pack of mince brilliantly - and is perfect eaten straight from the bowl with a spoon

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
417
protein
29g
carbs
55g
fat
10g
saturates
4g
fibre
8g
sugar
3g
salt
2.9g

Ingredients

  • 2 onions
  • 300g carrots
  • 1kg potatoes
  • 450g lean minced beef
  • 2 beef stock cubes
  • 400g can baked beans
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • handful of roughly chopped parsley (optional)

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Method

  1. Cut each onion into eight wedges. Roughly chop the carrots and cut the potatoes into large chunks. Put the kettle on.
  2. Heat a large non-stick pan, add the mince and fry quickly, stirring all the time, until evenly browned. Crumble in the stock cubes and mix well. Add the prepared vegetables, stir them around, then pour in 900ml/11⁄2 pints of hot water from the kettle. Bring to the boil.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes, until the veg are tender. Stir in the baked beans and a generous splash of Worcestershire sauce and heat through. Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. Scatter over the parsley, then ladle the hotpot into bowls. Put the Worcestershire sauce bottle on the table in case anyone fancies a bit more spice.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2003

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tabitha26's picture

Yuk! Was like soup.
If you're Scottish and want a plate of mince and tattles then make that and give this dish a miss.

tabitha26's picture

Yuk! Was like soup.
If you're Scottish and want a plate of mince and tattles then make that and give this dish a miss.

220972's picture
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I made this at the weekend and really enjoyed it. I had read the comment about calling it cowboy stew and thought this would appeal to the kids, it did but unfortunatley it did not entice my youngest to eat the veg in it!

heathben's picture
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Made this for tea and it was really tasty. I added some garlic and chilli for extra depth and it worked well.will make this again.

donnadrew's picture
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I made a huge pot of this to freeze, for when we move house. Added a big squirt of tomato puree, & a glug of mushroom ketchup for depth of flavour. Tastes great - looking forward to it!!

pollyparrot2's picture

A lot of people have found this dish a bit runny. Why not try taking out a few of the carrots and potatoes, mashing them up together and then returning them to the pot? This will give a thicker gravy without changing the taste.

peterjay's picture
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We had this for supper tonight and it was delicious. We used all our own vegetables and mopped up the gravy with homemade wholemeal bread. Quick to prepare and I then put it in the oven (Everhot) for the day.

rmitter3's picture
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a bit too much woostie sauce, but good. added silverbeet, rosemary and thyme

angiec_33's picture
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Very easy to make and even better the second time round when the flavours had mingled! My husband (very fussy eater) loved it. Will definitely make it again but will add more Worcestershire sauce next time.

astrantia2k's picture
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Warming, traditional and tasty - especially the day after! Would suggest adding a little cornflour or gravy granules to thicken it up a bit.

elainebailey1's picture
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Big hit for a easy to cook meal. Added some mixed herbs and a little left over passata to add flaviour. Served with crusty brown rolls hot from the oven. Really tasty and quick - family agreed for it to go on the camping food menu.

rstoop's picture
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A lovely dish that I'll make again. Like the others I too added cornflour. Also added a splash of soy sauce to give a bit of extra savouryness

nikita_84's picture
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Love it - so simple yet so tasty. I leave out the potatoes and add peas/green beans and serve with creamy mash for extra indulgence.

sarahmintcake's picture
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I love this recipe. Its so easy to make and taste delicious. Pure comfort food!

mounses2's picture
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Made this and the 'Easy White Bread' on my day off today, they went lovely together. A great mid week meal and enough left over to put in the freezer for an after work nourishing meal.Lovely tender chunky veg and the beans were an unusual but tasty addition.

schizofish's picture
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Made this in the slow-cooker the day before the weekly shop. Used beef stock from a pot-roast earlier in the week, and did not have enough spuds, so added the last half of a butternut squash as well. We also added a little chilli powder to make it a bit spicier and thickened with cornflour. My husband and kids wolfed it down, so will definitely be making again - cheap & easy, stick in the slow cooker and forget!

babybex's picture
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perfect winter dish cook as soon as the weather turns cold.

Foodmonster2's picture
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So quick and easy, yet tastes good and comforting. My only criticism is the consistency - a little too watery. Little bit of Beurre Manié does the trick though.

rhianthomas1984's picture

Tasty, easy and filling. A great meal for those miserable cold winter evenings.

jasonz's picture
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Probably the worst thing I've ever made. It is really unpleasant. I used good mince but it's just pretty unlikeable after the first bowl.

If but for the meat content, one would consider it a rather nasty gruel. I think it needs better meat, possibly stewing steak.

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