I used to look after a kid who would eat cottage pie every day if I’d make it. So I invented this Sweet Potato Porky Pie recipe just for him – it’s a classic with a twist!
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Ok, I know you shouldn’t go messing with the classics, but this is just as tasty and makes a great change! It tastes a little lighter than cottage pie, so it’s a great summer dish if you’re craving a bit of comfort.
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My Recipe for Sweet Potato Porky Pie
- 500g pork mince
- 2 carrots
- 1 onion
- 2 cloves of garlic
- A little fresh sage, chopped (or 1 tbsp of dried sage)
- A few sprigs of fresh thyme
- 2 chicken stock cubes in half a pint of hot water
- 2 tsp cornflour
- Salt and pepper to season
For the mash:
- 3 large sweet potatoes
- 4 Maris Piper potatoes
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp milk
- 100g vintage Cheddar cheese, grated
- You will need a deep, ovenproof dish, a large saucepan with a lid, and a large pan.
- Preheat the oven to 180C/gas mark 4.
- Peel and chop the potatoes and boil in a large saucepan with a lid for around 25 minutes until potatoes are soft.
- Crush the garlic, peel and chop the onion and carrots.
- Put a large pan on a medium heat with a little oil, brown the onion, carrot and garlic for about 5 minutes.
- Add the pork mince and fry until the mince is cooked, breaking it up as you cook it. Drain off any excess fat.
- Sprinkle in your fresh (or dried) herbs and pour in the chicken stock.
- Simmer over a low heat for around 15 minutes, then season with salt and pepper.
- Next, make up the cornflour paste by adding 2 tsp of cornflour to a tiny drop of cold water in a cup. Stir into the mince until the gravy has thickened.
- When the potatoes are cooked, mash them really well, adding in the butter as you go.
- Stir in the milk and give them a final mash.
- Transfer the pork mince to the ovenproof dish and top with the mash.
- And finally, sprinkle the grated cheese on top with a sprinkle of salt and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until the top is golden.
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