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Cottage pies

Cottage pie is classic comfort food!

Individual pie cases filled with savoury beef mince and topped with creamy mashed potato and grilled for a golden, crunchy top.

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1.Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Grease a 6-hole (¾-cup/180ml) texas muffin pan.
2.Using a 13cm (5in) cutter, cut two rounds from each pastry sheet. Lift pastry rounds into pan holes; press into base and side. Prick bases with a fork.
3.Bake pastry cases for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
4.Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Increase heat to high, add beef; cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up lumps, for 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in puree, wine, sauce and thyme; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 25 minutes or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Stir in peas and parsley. Season to taste.
5.Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave potato until tender; drain. Mash potato in a large bowl with sour cream and egg yolks until well combined; season.
6.Preheat grill.
7.Place muffin pan on an oven tray. Spoon beef mixture into pastry cases; top with mashed potato. Grill for 5 minutes or until heated through and potato is browned lightly.

For a flakier pastry case, use puff pastry instead of the shortcrust pastry.


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