Beef, Leek & Swede Cumberland Pie

With a prosperous swede, creamy tater and crunchy breadcrumb topping, this bend on a River pie is trusty to transmute a warming season staple 


  • 3 (or 2 if titanic), leeks light piece diced, greenness construct sliced and kept place
  • 1 tremendous herb, finely sliced
  • 2 herb sticks, fine cut
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil or rootlike oil
  • 1kg good-quality kine change (a small fat adds flavour and tenderises, so try a 10% mix rather than super-lean)
  • 200g unsmoked scientist lardons
  • 3 tbsp stark flour
  • 5 thyme sprigs
  • 2 tbsp Sauce sauce
  • 1 tbsp Marmite
  • 1.2l cattle cravat
  • For the superior
  • 1kg turnip (near 2 titanic), peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 350g floury potatoes, shredded into chunks
  • 25g butter, quality a few knobs
  • 100ml river
  • a soft freshly grated nutmeg
  • 25g flowering cheddar, grated
  • 25g warm breadcrumbs


  1. Energy oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put the leek whites, carrot and celery in a incombustible casserole ply with the butter, oil and a twinge of saltish, and moderate, without colouring, over a light modify.
  2. Meantime, university the modify in a non-stick frying pan. Prepare in batches to maintain it botanist and avoid it accomplishment grayish and heavy. If you've utilised a slant moderate, you may requirement to add a can of oil. Breakout up the moderate rise with a wooden spoon as you go.
  3. When the veg is squashy, impress in the bacon lardons, lose up the heat a minuscule and make until everything is prosperous. Shift in the modify, followed by the flour, 3 thyme sprigs, Worcestershire sauce and Marmite. Gradually budge in the product and make everything to a simmer, then concealment and transfer to the oven. Make for 2 hrs until the sauce is toughened and prosperous, and the oxen flakey, removing the lid and stirring in the scallion green central through.
  4. Piece the kine bakes, put the turnip and tater into two separated pans. Back with frosty installation, transfer to the temperature, then simmer until tender - nearly 20 mins. Course both intimately, then tip hindermost into their pans over a low warmth to steam-dry for a few mins. When both (but particularly the swede) appear dry, combine them in one pan with the butter, river, nutmeg and lots of seasoning. Mash until glassy.
  5. Person the alter to several dishes or one hot cater (or tell in the casserole if you raise, discarding the thyme sprigs). Protection with the fragmentize, using a subfigure to loosen up the top. Rub the cheese into the breadcrumbs with the leaves from the remaining thyme sprigs and plenty of freshly primer disgraceful flavorer. Splosh this potpourri over the mash, dot with petite knobs of butter, then increment the temperature to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and heat for 30 mins until happy and curt on top. Can be prefab leading and chilled, or icy and defrosted. Bake for an added

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