Deconstructed cottage pie

Deconstructed cottage pie

I love a proper cottage pie, but there is a place in my recipe list for a quick deconstructed version.  The potato is cooked as a roti so what’s not to love about potato fried in a pan with onion.  It’s quick to make with all the flavour of a traditional cottage pie.

Ingredients for 1 serving

218g extra lean beef mince
173g potato, grated
46g onions, chopped
1/2 beef stock cube
95g chopped tomatoes, blended until smooth
1 tsp worcester sauce
25ml sweet chilli sauce
10g fresh parsley, chopped
60ml water
6g olive oil
149g broccoli
salt and pepper

(Example ingredient amounts given, adjust accordingly to your requirements)


  • Put a frying pan on a medium heat add the beef mince to brown it.
  • When the mince has browned, break up any big lumps so that the meat is roughly the same size.
  • Sprinkle the beef stock cube over the meat and the worcester sauce before giving everything a good stir.
  • Add the water and bring this to the boil.
  • Once boiling, add the sweet chilli sauce along with the blended tomatoes and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  • Take another frying pan and add half the oil.
  • Mix the grated potato and onion in a bowl and give it a good mix.
  • Add the potato and onion mix to the pan and flatten it out to make a rosti or if you would prefer leave the mixture lose so that it’s more of a hash.
  • The trick with the rosti or hash mixture is to let it catch on the pan before stirring or flipping.
  • To prevent the mixture from getting too dry add a splash of hot water to the pan.  As well as eliminating the need for more oil at this stage, it will also help to cook the potato quicker.
  • After about 5 minutes, the potato should be almost cooked so check on the meat mixture.
  • Steam the broccoli to your liking and set it aside.
  • Check the mince mixture, the sauce should be nice and thick now.
  • Add the last of the oil to the pan of potatoes and give it a final couple of minutes to colour and season to taste.
  • Before you plate the meat mixture, stir in the chopped parsley then pop it on the plate.
  • Arrange the potato on top and serve the broccoli to the side.

There you have it!


  • Make sure your mince is extra lean, less than 5% of fat per 100g.
  • For those on 2018 BC plans, sweet chilli sauce is a swap for other side sauces provided you choose one with equivalent macros.
  • If you feel the pan with the potatoes is too dry, add a tablespoon of water instead of oil.
  • I prefer to use low salt stock cubes.
Nella Foulds
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