After reading The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes, I got my Irish on in a big way. Not where-is-me-pot-o’gold and four leaf clover Irish, more like a U2, Boondock Saints and cottage pie Irish.
So I consulted Gordon Ramsey’s recipe book Great British Pub Dinners. This is such a cool book for rustic food that goes perfect with a pint of home brewed (by my hubby) beer. I adapted the recipe for cottage pie with Guinness from Ramsey’s book to accommodate the ingredients I have in my pantry. It was fabulous!
500 g minced beef
1 teaspoon garlic
1 chopped onion
2 teaspoons thyme
1 chopped tomato
1 tablespoon tomato puree
1 teaspoon apricot jam
1 tablespoon soy sauce
200 ml Guinness
4 peeled and cubed potatoes
100 ml milk
Half a teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons grated parmesan
Handful grated cheddar cheese
- Cook the potatoes in some water with salt to taste.
- This takes about half an hour, so in the meantime fry the garlic and onion in a bit of olive oil until the onion is transparent. Add the minced beef and thyme.
- When the beef is almost done, add the tomato, tomato puree, apricot jam and soy sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes.
- Add the Guinness and cook for a further 10 minute. Set aside.
- The potatoes should be done at this stage. Drain it from the water, add the milk and baking powder and mash away. The baking powder makes it nice and fluffy.
- Mix the parmesan in with the mash and set aside.
- Spoon the beef mince into a shallow ovenproof dish. Add the potato on top of the mince and top with the cheddar cheese.
- Bake it in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve piping hot and enjoy.