Sunday, January 26

Cowboys and comfort!

My ABC Food adventure has arrived at C. I was going to delay this until Tuesday but the recipe I have come across is so so good I had to share it - and as the weather is so utterly awful we all need comfort food on such cold days.

 If there was EVER a recipe I would encourage people to try it has got to be this one. Basic good honest spices, no curries as some don't like - a take on a shepherd's pie, but what a take! Absolutely delicious and healthy too, complying with the conditions I set myself and Jon had to like it and I can tell you he wolfed it down.

Last Wednesday at Slimmingworld we were discussing meals we had enjoyed during the week. One of the gals, Carol had made this and her enthusiastic report made me want to try it asap - which I did on Friday. I hope my enthusiasm encourages others to give it a go - you will thank me for it I can tell you. Personally - this is the way forward for pies. Forget shepherds - give me cowboys!

Cowboy Pie! (No cowboys were harmed for this recipe!)

Fry Light (Very low calorie cooking oil/spray
500g pack extra lean mince beef (Vegetarian option could be quorn mince or something similar)
6 spring onions, white bulb thinly sliced and green leaves finely chopped
900g fresh diced carrot and swede
415g can baked beans
300ml beef stock
2tbsp worcestershire sauce
1tsp dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
2x107g packs instant mash potato cheddar and onion flavour ( I made my own and sprinkled a small amount of cheese on top)
2 eggs, beaten

1) Place a pan sprayed with Fry Light over a medium heat.
Add the minced beef and stir fry for 3 minutes
Then add the white spring onions to the mince and stir fry for a further 2 minutes or until the meat is browned.

2) Add the carrot and swede, baked beans, beef stock, worcestershire sauce and
herbs, then season. Bring to the boil, cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Mine looked like this.

3) Preheat the grill to medium. Make the mash according to packet instructions or make own.
Add the spring onion greens to the mash with half the egg and beat well. Divide
the mince mixture between 4 ovenproof pie dishes, then spoon over the mash. Roughen up the tops of the pies with a fork, then brush with the remaining egg. I added a sprinkling of cheese.

4) Grill the pies for 3 minutes or until browned.

 I made 3 individual deep dishes approximately 5 inches in diameter and one tin foil double helping  (takeaway container size)

Serve with vegetables. I added salad too.


  1. Sounds wonderful !
    Plus something new I could make for daughter (vegetarian)
    I am so enjoying your ABC

    cheers, parsnip

  2. Sounds good. I might try this one too!

  3. That does sound fantastic. Baked beans always good and comforting!

  4. Yum. looks like this will be on the menu in our house sometime this coming week. Thank you

  5. That sounds delicious! A good Saturday night meal before settling down to watch "Heartbeat."

    abcw team

  6. Sounds like a wonderful rendition of Shepherd's Pie. Yummy!

  7. yumme! I make something similar called Gardeners pie (as it's full of veggies with no meat). You can't beat a nice potato topped pie!

  8. This looks delicious Denise. I have made a very similar one (minus eggs) for the farmer to eat tomorrow and the next day as I shall be out at lunch time. I just hope he leaves some for me when I come in. Agree about the weather!

  9. That looks delicious, definitely something I'd eat, but the rest of the family don't like baked beans so I'd have to omit them. Proper comfort food, just what we need on chilly days like we're having at the moment.

  10. A yum post!
    This came with helpful tips, thanks! :)

  11. This looks heavenly, would be good on a cold day like this. Our thermometer says 19 degrees.

  12. This sounds delicious and really like Comfort food.
    I love easy, feel good in your tummy meals.

  13. Sounds great to me - always looking for recipes that I can divide and put in the freezer and this has so many good things in it!

  14. Sounds like a recipe I would like to try, and I do love a good looking cowboy in boots! - Margy

  15. Looks delicious! And I'm glad no cowboys were harmed for this recipe ;)

  16. I just ate lunch but this made me hungry already. Haha Yum!

  17. I have made something like this but never with Baked Beans, they must really turn up the delicious factor! All warm and crispy looking on top...yum!

  18. Omigods, this looks wonderful!

  19. now that looks like a good dinner!


Thank you for your comments, always nice to know somebody has taken the time to let me know what they think.