Minced beef cobbler

Minced beef cobbler

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(37 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 50 mins


Serves 4
A hearty yet healthy dish that's perfect for a rainy evening, and it's low-fat too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal349
  • fat7g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs38g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre4g
  • protein35g
  • salt1g
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  • 500g pack extra-lean beef mince



    The classic choice of meat for a British Sunday roast. Beef is full of flavour, as…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 140g baby chestnut mushroom, halved



    The mushroom is a fungus which comes in a wide range of varieties that belong to two distinct…

  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 500ml beef stock
  • few shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme


    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • 4 tbsp low-fat natural yogurt
  • 140g frozen peas



    A type of legume, peas grow inside long, plump pods. As is the case with all types of legume,…


  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.

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Saize's picture
4th May, 2016
Needed seasoning. Maybe a drop of red wine would add to flavour too. Worked well with mash potatoes.
1st May, 2015
Like the recipe good tasty mince & cobbles, did use half quantity of stock.
23rd Jan, 2015
The two stars are awarded for the cobblers I'm afraid to say! This is the first dish on here where the outcome was not to my standard at least. The meal was bland and lacking. Sorry :(
16th Sep, 2014
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.
8th Dec, 2013
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.
1st Dec, 2013
We absolutely love this recipe, the dish is tasty and wholesome. The ingredients are cheap and healthy
24th Oct, 2013
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. :)
21st Feb, 2013
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.
10th Feb, 2013
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).
26th Oct, 2012
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.


2nd Oct, 2013
What are the instructions in terms of freezing?
richard28962's picture
30th Apr, 2019
I found that the baking time should be increased to 35 min at gas 5 as it looked undercooked.
2nd Jul, 2017
Initially not too impressed - except the scones which were lovely. Tried again, but this time didn't use so much stock but added some tomato sauce (homemade - with fresh tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil and smoked paprika). I also added a bay leaf at stage 1 (removed before stage 3) and omitted the peas. Served with horseradish mash and green beans, it worked for me (and the lady of the house).
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