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5 a day pie, a cottage pie with 5 different hidden fruit / veg. Great for fussy eaters.

Granny's Five a Day Pie

A cottage pie packed with 5 different veggies (and fruit)
Author Amy


  • 500 g beef mince
  • 1 onion (halved and finely sliced)
  • 1 celery stalk (finely chopped)
  • 1 apple (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 red pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) chicken stock
  • 200 g carrots (peeled and cut into 1cm chunks)
  • 650 g potato (peeled and cut into rough chunks of approx 3-5 cm cubed)
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk
  • 20 g butter
  • 1 egg


  • Cook mince, on medium / high heat, in a wide based pan until lump free and brown.
  • Add onion, celery, apple and pepper and cook for a further 2 mins.
  • Add 1/2 cup of stock and stir. Cover and simmer for approx 45 mins, stirring occasionally making sure that the mince does not dry out.
  • Add a further 1/2 cup of stock and repeat simmering process.
  • Add a further 1/2 cup of stock and simmer for 30 mins with lid on and then remove lid for 15 mins.
  • Towards the end of cooking the mince, add the carrots and potato to a large pan and cover with water. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer until tender (approx 20 mins)
  • Drain the carrots/potatoes and mash.
  • Melt the butter and milk together and add to the carrots / potatoes and mash until smooth.
  • Transfer the mince to a oven proof dish (mine was a 1/2 litre capacity)
  • Top with the potato / carrot mash.
  • Beat the egg and brush the top of the mash
  • Bake in oven (180C / 350F) for 25 mins.