Monday night. Hunger is high. Desire to do cook is low. Who you gonna call? Mince (busters). Mince to the rescue!
Monday afternoon, to be precise. I decided to make a large pot of bolognese mince, figuring we could do any number of things with it when it came to dinnertime, with relatively little effort (as by dinnertime Mondayitis has usually set in). We could have spaghetti bolognese, make a lasagna, eat with rice (or nachos!!), make a shepherd's pie...
That's when it hit me - we had some hash browns in the freezer too. Easiest meal EVER for the kids (and we actually made one for us too) - upside-down shepherd's pie, with a sour creamy cheesy top.
The key to the mince is to secret as many veges as you can into it - this batch had the usual onion, tomato and garlic, but also grated carrot, grated beetroot, finely chopped celery and some diced mushrooms. Throw a later of peas in when making up the pie and you've got a vegeful meal for little ones and big ones alike.
- Make batch of mince (about 500 g mince will do, bulked up with whatever vege you like. I like to cook ours with a combo of tomatoes (frozen from summer, or a tin), chicken stock (a good cup), worcestershire and BBQ sauces and tomato paste.
- Place a layer of frozen hash browns on bottom of dish you're going to use (a lasagna dish works well). Scatter a later of peas over this, followed by a good layer of mince.
- Mix together grated cheese and sour cream. Spread this over mince. Scatter with a little more grated cheese (to fill any gaps). Sprinkle with seeds (I used chia and sunflower).
- Bake for about 30 mins (or until golden and bubbling) in oven at 180 degrees celcius (160 fan-forced).