Easy Beef Cobbler

If you're stuck for ideas for mince, this Easy Beef Cobbler makes a nice change from cottage pie or spaghetti bolognese. It's very similar to a cottage pie in terms of the mince, but instead of mashed potatoes it's topped with 'cobbles' which are similar to dumplings or savoury scones.

If you use lean mince this recipe is fairly low in fat and makes a great family meal. It can also be frozen once cooked so it's great for batch cooking. Serve with steamed green beans and some mustard or horseradish for a kick.

This recipe has been adapted from BBC Good Food.

Easy Beef Cobbler: Serves 4 Adults:

Time:  20 mins prep + 60 mins cooking
Cost:  £1.12 per serving
Calories:  511 per serving

For the beef:

  • 500g lean mince beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 400ml beef stock
  • 1 tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 200g frozen peas
  • Little oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the cobbles:

  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 125g natural yoghurt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt to taste  
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas Mark 4.
  2. In a large saucepan, fry the onion and carrots in a little oil for around 5 minutes until soft. Meanwhile, brown the mince in another pan and drain off the fat. Add the mince to the onions and carrots along with all the other ingredients and season to taste. Bring to the boil and leave to simmer while you make the cobbles. It might seem a bit watery but that's OK as the cobbles will soak up some of the liquid later on.
  3. To make the cobbles, mix the flour, thyme, salt and yogurt in a bowl with enough cold water to make a scone-like dough. Roll into a fat sausage shape, around 8cm in diameter, and slice into 12 rounds around 1cm thick. Pop them in the fridge for later.
  4. Pour the mince into a large ovenproof dish and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, bring it out of the oven and place the cobbles evenly on top of the mince. Return the beef cobbler to the oven and bake for a further 30 minutes until cobbles are risen and golden.

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