I think the very traditional British ‘pies’ with mashed potato on top ate very satisfying and sometime you need that. So what to substitute mash for. I made this very easy and basic version with cauliflower mash on top and it was delicious. I have to try it next as topping for a fishy equivalent as I absolutely love fish pie. My problem used to be that I always felt so full i thought i may vomit afterwards!
Cauliflower and Mince Bake
(P.S. there is a reason that I am not calling this a cottage or shepherds pie substitute as albeit it could be categorised in the same family is the fact that when people say ‘this gluten free pizza is as good as standard gluten/wheat based pizza’ I think you are set up for failure. You may have thought it was delicious if you didn’t compare!!
P.P.S. another interesting (well to me) thought is that fact that wouldn’t life be so much easier if we stopped comparing things. We worry about our kids and peer pressure but even as an adult you look at your neighbours,peers and people in the street. Albeit you may not say like a 6 year old ‘I want that’ you or I certainly from time to time think it. Why do I waste energy on wanting things and believing the grass is always greener somewhere else. It is just my head being a bitch! I don’t think I am overly materialistic but I think todays society seeds WANT. I will try and want less… I watched http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1626146/ (Hectors Search for Happiness) maybe not the best movie I have ever watched, but easy fun and a good topic. Maybe I will start what my grandfather did with his family every morning – laughing at the breakfast table for 2 minutes, great medicine!
Anyway… here goes
Cauliflower and Mince Bake (finally) Serves 6
Oven on 200 degrees Celsius – 40 minutes (including prep time)
I actually made a little one for the kids as we are going out tomorrow then their dinner is sorted!
One medium cauliflower – chopped upp and steamed until soft (about 10 min depending on the size you chop the cauliflower into)
one onion chopped
2 cloves of garlic
half a courgette/zucchini
Chop all finely and cook until transparent – add mince and brown, add plenty of salt and pepper (tsp of each) and some dried herbs (1tbs – oregano or herbs de Provence)
Place in oven proofed dish when cooked through
Whizz steamed (or boiled) cauliflower with 25 grams of butter, 1 tbs of olive oil and plenty of salt and pepper. Put the mixture on top of the mince mixture.
Grate plenty of strong cheese on top – I tend to use mature cheddar (100 grams)
Place in oven until bubbling and golden around 20-25 minutes!