Hidden Vegetable Cottage Pie

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Hidden Vegetable Cottage Pie


When my children were toddlers they ate anything and everything. Unfortunately they then became fussy eaters. Big man will announce to others that he "doesn't eat courgette." This is partly true. He doesn't eat courgette if it is in a big chunk he can pick out. Grate it and he will not know it is there.

With the cold weather fast approaching I love comfort food and one of my favourite recipes is cottage pie. It is great to freeze too so I often cook a large one that can be half eaten then popped in the freezer.


500g of lean minced beef
1 red onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped
2 grated carrots
1 grated courgette
1 tube of tomato puree
1 oxo cube dissolved in 500ml of boiling water
Maris Piper potatoes (enough to cover your dish)
Grated cheese

Start by browning the mince and onion and garlic. Put your potatoes on to boil.


Add the grated carrot and corgette and cook for a further 5 minutes.


Add the tomato puree stock and red wine. Simmer until the sauce reduces, Then place in the bottom of your dish.

Mash the Maris Piper potatoes with some butter and place on top of the mince. 

Add grated cheese. If you are eating straight away put it under the grill to brown. If if is for later just heat it up in the oven. I like to serve mine with peas.


Big man happily ate his cottage pie with no complaints of any courgette being present.
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  1. Perfect comfort food and love how the veg are in there too. Commenting for myself @kateonthinice and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part

  2. Oh lordy - mine is the other way round! For about a year now I have slowly been trying to get her to eat something that isn;t beige! I now get excited when she takes a bite out of a pice of cucumber… #truestory :) love cottage pie though - perfect yummy dinner now that summer seems to finally be on the way out :( *sniff* x

  3. such a sneaky idea to grate the veg in. I always load my shep pies/cottage pies/ lasagnes/ spag bol etc with veggies but usually just chop them up. Now I will remember to grate those courgettes as mine aren't keen on courgettes either.

  4. Louise Fairweather26 September 2014 at 12:46

    I do feel very satisfied watching him eat it without any complaining!

  5. Louise Fairweather26 September 2014 at 12:47

    It's just so annoying that he was such a good eater and now fussy

  6. Louise Fairweather26 September 2014 at 12:47

    Will have to get the slow cooker out soon too