Apart from chocolate, this is my other kind of comfort food. And you can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge to add to the mince. Now the weather is (slowly) starting to get cooler in Perth, I will be cooking this one a bit more often! This dish doesn't look so pretty, but it tastes great and is very satisfying.
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
2 garlic cloves
1 red chilli, deseeded
1 tbsp duck fat (or other cooking fat)
500g beef mince
400g can tomatoes
2 handfuls sliced mushrooms
1 cup shredded cabbage
1 cup broccoli florets
1 carrot, diced
1/2 zucchini, diced
1/2 capsicum, diced
1 tsp Herbamare
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Lemon juice, sea salt and pepper to taste
2 potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
150g pumpkin, peeled and cut into chunks
1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk of choice (I used Bonsoy)
Sea salt and pepper to taste
1. Make veggie mash: pop the veggies into a pot and cover with water. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer until veggies are cooked through. Strain out the water, add the butter, milk and salt and pepper. Mash.
2. While the mash veggies are cooking, heat a saucepan on medium heat, melt the cooking fat and add the diced onion, garlic and chilli. Cook for a few minutes or until softened.
(In Thermomix, add halved onion, garlic and chilli. Chop 5sec/sp5. Add cooking fat and cook 2min/100deg/sp1)
3. Add the beef mince and cook, stirring, until browned.
(In Thermomix, add the beef mince and cook 3min/100deg/rev+speed soft)
4. Add tinned tomatoes, water, diced vegetables and Herbamare. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, stirring, for around 10 minutes.
(In Thermomix, add tinned tomatoes, water, diced vegetables and Herbamare. Cook 10min/100deg/rev+sp1)
5. Add lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring for a few more minutes. Adjust seasonings if necessary.
(In Thermomix, add lemon juice, parsley, salt and pepper. Cook 3min/100deg/rev+sp1. Adjust seasonings if necessary).
6. Serve with the veggie mash.