For the mash
- 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
Sweet potatoes have a creamy texture and a sweet-spicy flavour that makes them ideal for savoury…
- 2 tbsp milk
One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…
- 50g mature cheddar, finely grated
Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…
For the mince
- 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…
- 2 onions, halved and sliced
Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…
- 500g lean beef mince (5% fat)
- 1 tbsp smoked paprika, plus extra for sprinkling
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp ground coriander
- 1 tbsp mild chilli powder
- 1 tbsp vegetable bouillon powder
- 400g can black-eyed beans
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 1 large green pepper, diced
Also known as capsicums, bell peppers, sweet peppers or by their colours, for example red and…
- 326g can of sweetcorn in water
Also known as corn on the cob, sweetcorn is composed of rows of tightly packed golden yellow…
- broccoli or salad, to serve (optional)
Like cabbage and cauliflower, broccoli is a brassica and is sometimes known by its Italian name…
Boil the sweet potato for 15 mins or until tender, taking care not to overcook.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large, deep, non-stick frying pan. Add the onions, cover and cook for 8 mins or until softened and starting to colour. Stir in the mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon until browned. Stir in all the spices and bouillon, then add the beans with their liquid, the tomatoes and pepper. Cover and simmer for 20 mins. Stir in the corn with its liquid, season and take off the heat.
While the mince cooks, mash the potatoes with the milk to make a stiff mash. Spoon the mince into six individual pie dishes, top each with some mash, then sprinkle over the cheese and a little paprika.
The pies can now be frozen. If eating straight away, put under a hot grill until piping hot and the cheese is melted. To cook from frozen, thaw completely, then reheat in the oven on a baking tray at 180C/160C fan/ gas 4 for 30-40 mins or until piping hot throughout. Serve with broccoli or a salad, if you like, which will take you to all 5 of your 5-a-day.