Whenever I cook a Sunday roast I always try to cook a piece of meat big enough so that it lasts for at least two family meals. Some meats are easier than others to create into a new meal, but when I was stuck with leftover slow cooked beef brisket the other week, I decided I wanted to try to make a Sunday roast leftovers pie!
Much like a traditional cottage pie but with lovely chunky shredded beef pieces instead.
Get creating your Sunday Roast Leftovers Pie and lets reduce food waste!
Preheat the oven to 200°c and roughly chop the cauliflower into equal sized pieces
In a saucepan steam the cauliflower and whole garlic cloves with just a few tablespoons of water, lid on, for 5 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Use a knife to check
Remove the pan from the heat, drain any excess liquid and add the olive oil and mustard. Blend or mash until creamy and smooth. If it’s too sloppy or wet allow the mash to evaporate on a low heat. Season to taste
For the Pie Filling
Shred or dice the leftover beef and remove all visible fat
Add 1 tsp of olive oil to a pan on a medium heat then add the finely chopped onion, cooking until softened
Add the chopped mushrooms, diced carrots and celery with a spoonful of beef stock and increase heat to bring to a simmer (bubbling)
Add the pieces of beef, stir and then add some more (but not all) of the beef stock and turn up the heat to ensure a steady simmer for a couple of minutes, then add the rest of the beef stock and continue to simmer on high heat
Add the cornflour to the cold water in a cup and stir to dissolve. Pour the cornflour water into the pan and stir well to combine
Continue to simmer until the gravy thickens
Once the gravy is at the desired thickness, add the handful of frozen peas and stir
Remove from the heat and spoon the pie filling into and oven proof dish and spread evenly
Spoon over the cauliflower mash and top with grated cheese
Place the pie in the oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until golden. Serve with steamed green vegetables
This recipe can be adapted to use leftover chicken, lamb or pork too. Just swap the stock with the same flavoured stock as the meat you have cooked, or for vegetable stock. Herbs and spices can be added to suit your tastes too, such as chopped mint and rosemary with leftover lamb or thyme or tarragon with chicken. You can also add some double cream or creme fraiche with chicken or pork to create a more creamy sauce. Add your favourite vegetables to suit your tastes too, but keep starchy and sweet vegetables minimal.
This pie can also be made with potato, sweet potato or other root vegetable mash. If you do this you are significantly increasing the carb amount in the dish. To help with this, add plenty of butter, cream and cheese to your mash as this will help pair the carbs found in the potato/sweet potato/root veg,
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