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Cottage Pie

Contributed by Australian Mushroom Growers

Recipe

  • Main ingredient beef
  • Region British
  • Difficulty Easy
  • Cook time 30 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • Dining Occasions main
  • Events & Seasons Autumn, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Weekends, Winter

Description

Flavoursome and affordable mushrooms have all the attributes of a superfood - nutrient-rich, low in kilojoules and high in antioxidants

Cottage Pie

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 500g lean beef mince
  • 400g button mushrooms, diced
  • 2 tbs tomato paste
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 3-4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Method

  1. Heat oil in a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until soft. Increase heat to high. Add the mince. Cook, stirring constantly to break up mince, for 5 minutes or until browned
  2. Add the mushrooms, tomato paste, tomatoes, stock and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until sauce has thickened. Taste and season with salt and pepper
  3. Preheat oven to 220°C. Spoon the mince mixture into a 5-cup capacity ovenproof dish. Top with mashed potato. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until potato begins to turn golden. Serve

Mashed potato

Ingredients

  • 600g potatoes, peeled, cut into 4cm pieces (see tip)
  • 60g butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup milk, warmed

Method

  1. To make the mashed potato Place the potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with cold water, add a good pinch salt. Cover and bring to the boil over high heat
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, partially covered, for 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender
  3. Drain and return the potatoes to hot saucepan. Roughly mash. Add the butter and milk
  4. Beat with a wooden spoon until creamy. Season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm

Tips

With so many potato varieties now available, it's important to select the right one.

Floury potatoes are high in starch and low in sugar and moisture, these are the best for mashing. Desiree, sebago, golden delight, nicola and King Edward are all great potatoes for mash

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Australian research suggests that women eating 10g mushrooms or more daily have a 50-65% lower risk of breast cancer compared to those women who don't eat mushrooms. There are unique compounds in mushrooms that may protect us from both breast and prostate cancer.

The mushroom has all the attributes of a superfood – nutrient-rich, flavour-rich, low in kilojoules, high in bioactive compounds, antioxidants, convenient and affordable.

Product

buttons or caps

Buttons

Botanical name: Agaricus bisporus
Common name: Champignons

Buttons are the youngest and generally (but not always) the smallest. The name refers to their shape and stage of growth, not the size. The cap of the button mushroom is always tightly closed around the stem. They have a firm, delicate texture and mild flavour that intensifies when cooked.

Preparation: There’s no need to wash or peel mushrooms – simply brush off any specks or wipe over with a damp cloth or paper towel. Trim stems as required.

Usage: Suitable to eat raw or cooked, they’re great whole or sliced in salads, stir-fries, risotto, pizza toppings, pasta dishes , skewered and barbecued or simply served with dips.

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