There is something so homely and nurturing about a cottage pie. Growing up it was one of my favourite dishes especially after a tough day at school. It’s funny how history repeats itself because my girls love the answer cottage pie to the age old question of “what’s for dinner Mum?” This time around it is not topped with mash potato and a sprinkle of melted cheese (although feel free to sprinkle if you wish) but rather a healthy thick layer of delicious, healthy and creamy caulimash topped with the Paleo favourite, crispy bacon!
So, having covered the topping, let us talk about the mince or bolognese filling. As you know, I don’t like to complicate dishes and feel that a simple basic filling that is just really tasty, is all that is needed. In all honesty, the tastiness of this dish totally boils down to the quality of the mincemeat used, just buy the best quality you can possibly afford as it makes all the difference. My local butcher has a mincemeat Monday special where there is a rather decent sized discount on steak mince, so check out your local butchery as they may run a similar special (plus you will be supporting local stores, double win!).
- 500g good quality steak mincemeat
- 1/2 white onion - chopped
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil or butter
- 1-2 tsp salt
- 1 Tbsp mixed spice blend - I recommend Chimmichurri Rub
- 1/4 cup tomato puree - I recommend Bomba
- Caulimash - follow this to find the recipe
- 100g bacon lardons - fried
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC
- In a frying pan, fry the onion in the coconut oil or butter until soft and turning transparent.
- Add the mincemeat, breaking it up so as not to be in tight ball clusters.
- Add the spices and fry stirring regularly until it has changed to a brown colour.
- Add the tomato puree and mix well, allow to cook for about 10min on a medium heat.
- Transfer to an ovenproof baking dish.
- Top with caulimash .
- Top with fried bacon lardons.
- Bake for between 30-45min, until the juices start to expand and leak around the side of the mash.
Make a double portion and freeze one.