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Classic cottage pie with mustard mash

If you're looking for the ultimate in comfort food then this cottage pie is the answer. Perfect this for the coming winter months and your family will be begging for more.

3 tbsp olive oil
1¼kg beef mince
2 onions, finely chopped
3 carrots, chopped
3 celery sticks, chopped
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tbsp plain flour
1 tbsp tomato purée
850ml beef stock
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp thyme
2 bay leaves

1.8kg potatoes, chopped
225ml milk
25g butter
200g cheddar cheese

Heat one tablespoon oil in a large saucepan and fry the mince until browned. Tip mince in to a bowl and set aside.
2. Add the rest of the oil and cook the onions, carrots and celery until soft.
3. Add the garlic, flour and tomato purée. Increase the heat and cook for a few minutes, then return the beef to the pan.
4. Pour over the stock, worcestershire sauce and herbs. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered for 45 minutes. By this time the gravy should be thick and coating the meat. Check af…

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