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Epic Cottage Pie

Yields1 ServingPrep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

When we think of the food we used to love when we were growing up, one dish that ALWAYS springs to mind is our mum’s hearty Cottage Pie!!???????? Here’s our take on the old Irish classic: we top a rich super tasty lentil mix with mashed sweet potato and drizzle with a simple coriander pesto – delicious. The coriander pesto sets this dish alight and it presents really well drizzled on top before serving. Serve with a simple green salad.

Serves: 6-8
 3 g tinned lentils, rinsed and drained
 2 parsnips, grated
 2 bay leaves
 6 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed from the stalk generous 1/2 tsp black pepper
 3 tbsp tamari
 1 l Veg stock
 100 g green beans, cut into bite sized pieces
 2 tbsp oil
For the mash
 1 kg sweet potato (3 medium) washed well, blemishes taken out (unpeeled) , cut into uniform pieces
 500 g regular potato, washed well, unpeeled and uniformly cut
 150 ml oat milk or other non-dairy milk of your choice
 1 tsp salt
 A pinch of ground black pepper to taste
For the pesto
 1 bunch coriander (both leaves and stalks) (approx. 50g)
 a pinch of black pepper
 3 cloves garlic, peeled and left whole
 juice of half a lemon
 ½ tsp salt
 100 ml neutral tasting oil
 100 ml water

Preheat oven to 180ºC (350ºF, Gas Mark 4).


Chop the sweet potatoes and regular potatoes into a uniform size so that they will cook evenly. Put them into a medium sized pot, cover with water and boil until soft, about 20-25 minutes.


In another medium sized pan, add 2 tbsp oil and grate in the 2 parsnips.


Add the thyme leaves and fry for a minute before adding in the lentils and then the tamari. Slowly add in the veg stock so it starts to evaporate and the lentils start to absorb it slowly. Add 1/2 a heaped tsp of black pepper and then the rest of the veg stock, letting it slowly evaporate.


While these two pots are cooking you can make the coriander pesto by adding all the pesto ingredients to a blender and blend till smooth.


Once this is done, you will see that the liquid in the lentil mixture has evaporated significantly. Make sure that there is still a decent bit of moisture so that the potatoes will absorb it. Add in the fine beans and mix through the hot lentil mixture, letting them cook in that heat.


The potatoes should now be ready (a knife cuts through them very easily). Drain the water and add 1 tsp salt and the oat milk. Then mash them all together.


Remove the bay leaves and then line the lentil and veg mix at the bottom of a casserole tray, drizzle some of the coriander pesto on top of the lentil mix and distribute the mash evenly on top. Score it with a fork to make it look nice and even.


Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until it crisps along the top.


Finish by drizzling with the remaining coriander pesto before serving. Enjoy!