Yummy Crispy Potato Topped Meat Pie (Minced Beef Hotpot) – a delicious family meal of minced beef in a yummy gravy with vegetables topped with golden potato slices.
500g (17.5oz) of extra lean beef mince
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic crushed
2 carrots, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped
3/4 cup (120g) of frozen peas
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
2 cups (480ml) beef or vegetable stock
1 heaped tsp of marmite (optional)
1 teaspoon of thyme
dash of balsamic vinegar
1kg/2.25lbs of potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly
cooking oil spray (I used avocado)
Brown the mince, with the celery, onion, garlic, thyme and carrot.
Add the beef stock, marmite, tomato paste, balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil
Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes just for the gravy to reduce down slightly and thicken.
Taste gravy for seasoning and season with salt and black pepper as needed.
In the meantime preheat oven to 200c/ 180c FAN/400f (gas mark 6)
Put meat mixture in an ovenproof dish, add the frozen peas and mix to combine and lay potato slices on top, overlapping potatoes slightly as you layer them on the top of the meat mixture.
Spray over the top of the potatoes with some spray oil and bake in the oven for approx 45 minutes, potatoes should be lovely and golden on top.
Sprinkle with chopped parsley (optional) and season with a little salt and black pepper over the top.
Serve with your choice of vegetables.