Minced beef cobbler

Minced beef cobbler

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A hearty yet healthy dish that's perfect for a rainy evening, and it's low-fat too

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
349
protein
35g
carbs
38g
fat
7g
saturates
3g
fibre
4g
sugar
5g
salt
1g

Ingredients

  • 500g pack extra-lean beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 140g baby chestnut mushrooms, halved
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml beef stock
  • few shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme
  • 4 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt
  • 140g frozen peas

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Dry-fry the mince and onion in a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Stir frequently to break up the mince, until well browned. Add the mushrooms and plain flour, followed by the stock and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer, then gently cook for 10 mins.
  2. Meanwhile, to make the cobbles, mix the self-raising flour and thyme together in a bowl. Stir in the yogurt with enough cold water to form a scone-like dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll out to the thickness of about 1.5cm and use a cutter to stamp out 12 x 5cm rounds.
  3. Stir the peas into the mince mixture, then transfer to a baking dish. Randomly place the cobbles on top of the mince, then bake for 20-25 mins, until cobbles are risen and golden brown. This is good served with horseradish sauce.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2010

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Parp's picture

Great recipe thanks. I think though some people might not get the sauce correct, as the wording is a little unclear. Add the 2tbsp of plain flour after the mushrooms have cooked for a while and stir in well, cook for a minute before adding the stock/worcestershire sauce. Then follow the rest of the process. It gave mine a thick juicy sauce. I added some diced carrot, but other than that it was exactly as recipe said and was delicious.

cloclo15's picture

I make a version of this which is decidedly unhealthy - I make the cobbler into 'dumplings' by adding suet to the flour and mixing with thyme and water (no yoghurt). I increase the quantity of stock a bit so that when the dumplings go on they can absorb a bit on the bottom, while becoming lovely and crispy on the top. I also add carrots to the mince mixture. This isn't healthy - it obviously increases the fat content no end - but it is delicious and perfect winter comfort food.

Harrib0's picture
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We absolutely love this recipe, the dish is tasty and wholesome. The ingredients are cheap and healthy

Mj_senior1956's picture

First recipe used from this site and looked at previous comments before placing in oven. Added chopped garlic and chilli in marinade (tsp of each). Absolutely loved it ! Forgot to put the thyme in the cobbles, but they were delicious and fluffy regardless. Wife was well impressed. :)

cshobbs's picture
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I think is a great recipe. However the sauce is a bit bland so I perked it up with seasoning and a spicy tomato pasta sauce. I also added sliced carrot in with the mince.

lizleicester's picture
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Doubled amounts and swapped chestnut mushrooms for cheap button mushrooms. Good comfort food for cold day and everyone ate masses despite the cobblers being a bit tough on top (due to spending a tad too long in a not v hot oven to slow things down a bit).

horusd123's picture
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Lovely. I added celery, carrot and peas. A small criticism - I think 500 mis of stock is too much. About 1/2 that would be plenty.

kellyb77's picture

family didn't enjoy this at all, had no taste and was bland. Not sure if I did something wrong but followed the recipe to the letter? Will not be making again

christinerookes's picture

Was okay, but a bit bland when tasted it while cooking, so tried to rescue it by adding extra Worcester Sauce and tomato puree. If I made it again I would add some more herbs & garlic. On the plus side the dumplings were fab - I made double and added in some grated cheese.

ladykellihead's picture
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Super tasty, even though the biscuits didn't rise very much. This may replace shepherd's pie in our weekly menu.

cshobbs's picture
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Good recipe. My fussy son ate all the meat mixture but not the cobbles. I also had to cook the mushrooms separately (we love them but he hates them!). As a result, this amount only feeds three. I also found that this quantity of dough only makes 8-9 cobbles. Since I expected my son would not eat them, this was not a problem!

hamish1949's picture
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A firm family favourite.I used to add a tin of campbells condensed oxtail soup to this but now can only get ordinary oxtail soup.still makes a great addition to taste and consistency. Try it !!

laura_mac18's picture

I made this with my flatmates and it was a huge success even though I forgot to add the Worcestershire sauce.

rebecca_hughes1's picture

I thought this recipe was delicious and my children loved it!

julietulip's picture
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ps Forgot to say, that one of mine was made with quorn mince and the other with beef. Quorn version was tasty ... think the red wine and fish-free worcester sauce added nice taste to it.

julietulip's picture
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Family really enjoyed this. Good old fashioned wholesome grub for a chilly evening! I had a couple of carrots, a parsnip and quarter of a swede that needed using up, so I diced them and added them to the stew mix. I also added a splash of red wine. Very nice ... think I slightly overcooked my scones though as they were a tad crispy, but lovely texture inside and underneath. YUM

ashleyfayth's picture
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Wooah! Amazing! So much better than I thought it would be.

Didn't have mushrooms, but decided to experiment and add a can of green lentils, and a mix of beef and mushroom stock.

Honestly, don't know if I've eaten anything better!

eagoodall's picture
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Sorry but this doesn't look very appetising, I think my recipe for this is much nicer, go to Hubpages.com and look for me, Eileen Goodall and I would love to know what you think.

lurvlyloz's picture
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average reciepe. not sure if my cobblers were wrong. they tasted ok but they didnt look right.

probably wont bother making again

MealyMum's picture
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Good recipe. Can be tarted up with a splash of wine, or some chilli or other herbs. I added a bit of grated cheese to the top of the dumplings and made traditional ones with veg suet as I didnt have yoghurt to hand. Will try the yog versions next time though. used tinned mushrooms - no fresh ones to hand, and i don't think it makes a huge difference in something like this. Would probably add a few more veg, or serve more veg on the side to make it less MEAT!!

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