Thursday 9 January 2014

Frugal Shepherds Pie

  • Frugal times call for frugal measures and sometimes I don't know about you but with my shopping I 'm not always replenishing as soon as I run out. I like to make use of what I've got and I'm finding that I'm enjoying seeking out recipes and developing my own.


    1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced (optional)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 500g  beef mince
  • 2 x 410g/14½oz tin baked beans

  • 100ml/14fl oz stock, made from stock cube (ideally beef but chicken or vegetable is fine)

  • Ideally you would have around 2lbs pounds of potato for the mash but the other day I only had 2 medium potatoes and I didn't want to go out in the rain just to get some more so this recipe with show you you can adapt any recipe if you think about it.


    1. Preheat the oven to 200 c

    2. Whilst the oven is preheating heat a saucepan and add the oil. When this is hot fry the carrots and onions for about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.

    3.Add the mince and cook until it has all browned mix with a tin of beans. Transfer to a lidded overproof dish. Add a beef stock cube or even one of those packet mixes for a slow cooker etc.

    4. Cook in the oven for around 40 with the lid on.

    Now it it at this point you will be peeling albs of potatoes until the realisation you only have 2 potatoes. A quick tweet out offers some suggestions of adding mashed swede or mashed  carrot. I had no swede ( I know I've failed as a cook by not having an emergency swede on board)

    SO I added another can of baked beans after mashing what potatoes I did have and then spread it on top of my shepherds pie and cooked for a further 20 minutes.

    Then I grated some cheese and returned to the oven for 5 minutes . 

    I am submitting this recipe to #Creditcrunchmunch so pop over to Camillas  Fabfood4all blog and Helens blog FussfreeFlavours and take part and see what other recipes you find. Together we can all stretch those pennies !

    I am entering this recipe into the competition .


  1. Emergency Swede? Doesn't everyone have one in the cupboard? A tall, blond handsome one for those emergencies when only a Swede will do?

  2. I know what we're having for tea now. ;) x

  3. I am actually STARVING now! lol ;) x

  4. What a stroke of luck that you ran out of potatoes as I think this recipe looks absolutely yummy and would be a great change from your normal Shepherds Pie:-) Thanks for entering this month's Credit Crunch Munch:-)

  5. That's a great bit of food substituting, and super tasty too.


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