Cottage Pie with a Twist

Cottage Pie RecipeThis was on our menu last night, it is (was)! so tasty. You can substitute the sweet potato for white potato but you’ll miss out on the sweet flavour! (Replace mince beef with lamb to make it a Shepherds Pie)

This recipe serves 4 people


2 to 3 sweet potatoes peeled and cut into chunks
50g butter (real butter from pasture fed cattle)
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 stick of celery & 1 clove of garlic, all finely chopped
2 sprigs of rosemary
500g minced beef
125ml red wine
1 stock cube
300ml water
1 tablespoon tomato purée
a few dashes of tabasco sauce (optional but worth it!)
salt (use himalayan salt) and freshly ground black pepper


Boil the sweet potatoes until tender. When done, drain them and mash with butter, salt and pepper to taste. Set aside for later.

In a sauté pan heat the oil over a medium heat and gently cook the onion, carrot and celery until soft. (The onion should look golden and translucent). Add the garlic and sprigs of rosemary and cook for 2 minutes until really fragrant. Spoon the veg into a bowl and set aside.

Turning up the heat take the same sauté pan and add remaining oil. Brown the beef. Then pour in the wine and bubble it up hard until the alcohol burns off. Crumble in the stock cube add the water, tomato purée and tabasco sauce stir them in well. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the vegetables without the rosemary and mix in with the meat. Stir well and cook for 5-7mins to allow flavors to amalgamate.

Heat the oven 200°C. Tip the meat and veg mixture into your pie dish and cover with the mashed sweet potato scoring with a fork. Dot with extra butter and bake for 45 minutes, or until brown and crispy on top.

Serve with fresh rocket salad drizzled with balsamic vinegar.

I hope you enjoy it, we love it in our house it’s real healthy comfort food. Give it a go and let me know what you think. Please share this recipe with your family and friends.

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Dr. Benjamin Martin is a Chiropractor and speaker on Health and Wellbeing. Ben is regularly called on to discuss health topics and chiropractic on radio, tv and press. His promise is to adjust and educate as many families as possible towards optimal health. His work changes lives and has restored people's quality of life.
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