Leftover Pie

Leftover Pie is basically a flat Cottage Pie Recipe, and one of my go-to recipes to help use up leftover ingredients in the kitchen. It’s a great, low-cost meal for the whole family that never gets boring as it’s never quite the same twice.

All you need are :

  • Potatoes (just enough for a layer of mash), and
  • Mince (any mince – lamb/beef/pork/Quorn, it really doesn’t matter)

The rest of the ingredients are dependant on the contents of your fridge/freezer/cupboard, and what you want to use up.

  1. First, peel and chop your potatoes and put on to boil while you prepare your mince.
  2. Pre-heat your oven (we have a fan-assisted oven and set it to 200).
  3. Add a little oil to a pan and add your mince to brown.
  4. The rest is up to you, but to give you an idea of a typical mix, I will often add 
  • A chopped onion
  • Any tomatoes we have around, tinned or fresh (I find this a good way to use up ones that are going a bit soft)
  • Chopped clove of garlic (if we have any)
  • Sliced carrot/s (again if we have some – tinned, fresh or frozen all work well)
  • Peas (again tinned or frozen)
  • Any stock cubes we happen to have in the cupboard (or a little gravy powder mixed with boiled water)
  • A dollop of mustard (I find this gives the recipe a lovely flavour kick)
  • Any herbs we have lying around
  • A splash of vinegar (white wine vinegar works well, just don’t add too much), or Lea and Perrins, or both
  • Tomato purée (if we have any)
  • And my go-to ‘secret’ ingredient, plain old tomato ketchup.

Now this combination is just an idea, I don’t think I’ve ever added all of these at once, but a variation of around 6 items goes in each time, all dependant on what we have in the house at the time.

5. Simmer all your ingredients with your browned mince on a mid to low heat until it’s all well-combined (around 10 minutes should do).

6. Remove from the heat and tip into a large casserole dish.

7. Next, remove your potatoes from the heat. Drain and mash as you usually would.

8. Dollop the mashed potato on top of your mince concoction.

9. Next add a sprinkling of grated cheese/breadcrumbs/herbs (whatever it is you have to use) to the top of the mash, or simply leave plain.

10. Pop it in the oven for around 20-30 minutes.

11. Serve either on its own or with whatever veg you have left.

12. Any leftovers keep well in the fridge or freezer and are great for popping in the microwave when you’re feeling peckish.

Enjoy x


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