Beef shepherds pie with sweet potato top

35 Min
pretty easy
4 People
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A homely beef mince pie with a rich tomato and vegetable filling, covered in a fluffy sweet potato topping.
1. Set oven grill to 220ºC.
 Peel and dice sweet potatoes. Add to a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes until tender. Drain and mash using a potato masher. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Heat a large frypan over medium-high heat with 2 tbsp oil. Dice and add onion, celery and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes until softened.

3. Dice 1 tomato, add to pan along with beef mince. Cook for 3-4 minutes until browned. Add 1 tsp oregano, 1 crumbled stock cube, 1 tbsp flour and tomato paste. Stir in 1 cup water and simmer for 5-6 minutes until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Transfer beef mince to an oven dish. Spread over sweet potato mash. Drizzle over olive oil and place in the oven to grill for 5-10 minutes until golden on top.

5. Rinse and tear lettuce leaves. Slice cucumber and wedge remaining tomato. Toss all together with alfalfa sprouts, 1/2 tbsp red wine vinegar and 1 tbsp olive oil.

6. Divide shepherds pie and salad among plates.

The pie is placed under the grill to give a nice crusty top. You could also serve this as a beef stew with sweet potato mash if you don’t want to use the oven.
No beef option - beef mince is replaced with chicken mince.
Sweet potatoes, 800g
Brown onion, 1/2 *
Celery, 2 sticks
Carrot, 1
Tomatoes, 2
Beef mince, 600g
Tomato paste, 1/2 tub *
Baby cos lettuce, 1
Lebanese cucumber, 1
Alfalfa sprouts, 1/2 punnet *

Oil (for cooking + olive), salt, pepper, stock cube (1), red wine vinegar, dried oregano, flour (of choice)