White Bean Cottage Pie

White Bean Cottage Pie
White Bean Cottage Pie
Seriously Delicious
Seriously Delicious
Garretstown Beach, Co.Cork
Garretstown Beach, Co.Cork

As part of my series of healthy recipes, I decided to make Cottage Pie (who doesn’t love Cottage Pie?), and give it a healthier twist. It’s such a comforting dish, it’s perfect on a cold evening to come home to. I added some extra veggies to mine, and I also substituted the mashed potato for mashed white beans. My dad makes a white bean mash to go with Sunday Roasts and it’s always my favourite thing on the table, so I decided to give it a lash on this Cottage Pie. Beans are so healthy and packed with protein, they’re a great food to add to your diet. Of course you can just substitute the white beans for cooked potatoes and cook the mash in the exact same way, its up to you, although the bean way is much quicker! Either way this recipe is really packed with flavour.

Chopping the vegetables really finely makes a big difference, if you have a mandolin this will be pretty quick and easy to do (watch your fingers!) Also it’s worth mentioning that the Knorr jelly stock cubes are the best. The beef ones add a really meaty, rich flavour that you don’t seem to get from the normal cubes.

This is a great comfort food and nice to come home to after a long day out. Last time I was home I went walking with my parent’s in Garretstown on the nicest grey day. A hot dish like this would be perfect to come home to after a long walk!

Nice Cloudy Day at Garretstown Beach, Cork
Nice Cloudy Day at Garretstown Beach, Cork
Garretstown Beach
Garretstown Beach
Sunday Walking at Garretstown Beach
Sunday Walking at Garretstown Beach

Ingredients:

Mash:

2 400g cans cannellini beans

1/2 cup milk- or more to reach right consistency (I used coconut milk)

1 tsp fennel seeds crushed

1/4 lemon juice (or more to taste)

Salt & pepper to season

Meat Base:

250g beef mince

2 onion very finely chopped

2 garlic cloves crushed

2 sticks celery very finely chopped

1 carrot very finely chopped

1 pepper very finely chopped

350 ml beef stock

2 tbsp tomato puree

2 tbsp tomato relish (mine was homemade but Ballymaloe is the best in the shops)

salt and pepper

chilli flakes

1. Heat a little olive oil in a large pan on a medium low heat. Add onion and garlic to pan and stir while they soften . Add mince meat after 5 mins.

2. When mince is browned add the rest of the vegetables and reduce heat a little and stir for 5 mins.

3. Add stock, tomato puree, tomato relish, pinch chilli flakes and stir together, let the sauce reduce for about 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste.

4. Add beans (or cooked potatoes) to a pot with milk and let heat. Mash with lemon juice , fennel and salt and pepper.  Keeping adding milk until you get a nice soft consistency. Season to taste.

5. Put meat in the bottom of a casserole dish, layer the mash on top and pop into a hot oven. If you’re using bean mash, you only need to do this for a few minutes. If you’re using mashed potatoes leave in the oven for 20-30 minutes.

Lightly Fry Onion and Garlic
Lightly Fry Onion and Garlic
Add Mince and Brown It
Add Mince and Brown It
Very Finely Slice Veggies
Very Finely Slice Veggies
Add Remaining Vegetables
Add Remaining Vegetables
Add Stock, Puree, Relish and Reduce
Add Stock, Puree, Relish and Reduce
Heat Beans with Milk, Fennel and Lemon
Heat Beans with Milk, Fennel and Lemon
Mash The Beans
Mash The Beans
Ready to Serve
Ready to Serve
Healthy Cottage Pie
Healthy Cottage Pie
Seriously Delicious
Seriously Delicious

One thought on “White Bean Cottage Pie”

  1. Tip: To make the bean mash look more like potato add a pinch of turmeric or yellow vegetable bouillion to the beans when cooking or before mashing! I’ve used butter beans in the past to dilute or replace potatoes in mash. You can also mix either with a little butternut squash for a more low GI mash.. though I personally find this a bit sweet..

    You probably ought to issue some sort of an olfactory warning though as some insides get rather over productive with the high fibre high protein and indigestible bean sugar combo…

    Adding kombu/irish kelp to the beans during cooking and draining well after may help a little. Cumin and fennel may also improve bean digestion. Otherwise take some activated charcoal or eat charcoal biscuits an hour or two later… 🙂

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