James Whelan Butchers: Cottage Pie with Porcini Mushrooms

cottage-pieIf you are not a mushroom fan, you can leave out the porcini or replace them with some chopped pancetta or bacon.

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  • 20 g dried porcini
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or Irish
  • rapeseed oil
  • 1 kg minced beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 x 400 g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 150 ml red wine
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 kg floury potatoes, peeled
  • 5 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons of James Whelan Butchers Beef Dripping
  • 75 g Hegarty’s cheddar

Serves 6

To Cook

Preheat the oven to 160 C/fan 140 C/gas mark 3. Soak the porcini in a bowl with 400 ml boiling water for 30 minutes, then drain, reserving the liquid, and chop the porcini. Heat the oil in a casserole dish, add the mince and fry in batches until well browned. Add the onion and garlic and fry for a few minutes. Sprinkle over the flour, stir for a minute, then add the chopped tomatoes, wine, mushrooms and reserved mushroom liquid. Stir and season with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the mince is tender. Remove from the oven and stir in the thyme and Worcestershire sauce. Taste to check the seasoning. Transfer the mince into a shallow pie dish and spread out evenly. Set aside to cool while you make the topping. Increase the oven temperature to 200Æ C/fan 180Æ C/gas mark 6. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and return to the pan. Add the milk, butter, salt and pepper and mash until smooth. Spread the potatoes over the mince and make ridges on the top with the tines of a fork. Sprinkle with the cheese then place in the oven for 35–40 minutes, until bubbling and golden on top.

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