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Cheesy Leeky Pie

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Serves 6

This is a wonderful winter warmer, a slight slant on the tradional cottage pie. Serve with seasonal vegetables & gravy for a real wholesome, filling meal.

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  • 700g minced beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 large onions (peeled & chopped)
  • 100g carrots (peeled & chopped)
  • 100g swede (peeled & cut into small cubes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinanamon
  • 2 teaspoon mixed dried herbs
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 300ml beef stock
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon tomato puree
  • salt & ground black pepper
  • For the topping -
  • 100g cheddar or your favourite cheese (coarsely grated)
  • 3 medium leeks (sliced)
  • 1kg potatoes


    1. Peel & cut the potatoes in to even sizes. Keep the potatoes in water to keep them from turning brown. Put a large pan of water on to boil & add some salt.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onions when hot & fry for about 5 minutes or until the ends begin to brown. Add the carrots & swede & cook for a further 5 minutes. Now take these off the heat & leave to one side.
    3. Quickly brown the mince in a large pan. Add salt & pepper, then the vegetables you put to one side. Add the cinnamon, dried mixed herbs & plain flour.
    4. Gradually add the stock & stir in the tomato puree.
    5. Turn the heat down on the meat, cover & cook for 30 minutes. Add the potatoes to the pan of boiling water & cook until tender.
    6. Pre heat oven to gas mark 6, 400F, 200C.
    7. Drain potaoes, add a knob of butter & mash the potatoes.
    8. Spoon the meat into a large oven proof dish & spread evenly. Add the mashed potatoes on top & spread evenly. Sprinkle the leeks on top of the potaoes. Sprinkle the cheese on top of the leeks.
    9. Place in the oven for approximately 25 minutes or until the cheese has melted & the leeks have crisped.

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13th Sep, 2009
Delicious! Whole family loved it- really good mid-week meal.
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