Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato (Kumara) and Cheese Topping

Simple winter comfort food but made with a deeper flavour base than the cottage pies of old, with  combined potato and sweet orange kumara topping and cheese.Image

Quantities are approximate only, I usually just throw in a bit of this and a swig of something 🙂 so no need to be too specific. I also sometimes add mushrooms to this which is nice.

500 g mince beef

2 med onions, sliced

2 carrots

1 cup of frozen peas or green beans

1 tsp worcester sauce

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

1 tsp dried parsley

1 1/2 tsp salt and some black pepper

olive oil

500 grams (1 pound) potatoes

300 grams orange kumara (or pumpkin is nice)

50 g (2 oz) butter

little milk

grated cheese

Put the potatoes and kumara on to cook together in salted water. Preheat the oven to 350 deg.

Brown mince in electric frying pan, add onions, carrots, sauces, and seasoning and simmer 5 minutes like this, taking care not to scorch .

Add enough water to keep it simmering away for half an hour , add frozen peas and continue cooking 10 minutes.

Thicken with flour or whatever thickening agent you prefer (have used gravy powder in past).

Pour into oven dish.

Drain potatoes and sweet potato (or pumpkin) and mash with butter and a little milk till a good spreadable consistency. Spread over mince and top with grated cheese.

Cook for around 20 minutes till golden.

9 thoughts on “Cottage Pie with Sweet Potato (Kumara) and Cheese Topping

  1. I never have enough sweet potatoes to make something like this as I love them and they disappear too quickly, that plus Earl has a love of pinching them out of my pantry if I leave the door open (which I do a lot) and after throwing them around all over the place he chews them into teeny tiny little bits…no idea why, he just loves them!


      • I thought that Bezial was going to die once as he was eating fuchsia berries but they are apparently edible! Goes to show that dogs just “know” doesn’t it…apart from your dog with the onions…they are supposed to be very bad for dogs 😉


      • Apparently you can make jam out of them! I didn’t know and had to go online. I find a lot of useful info out about what is and isn’t edible from
        A fantastic website that really gives you the lowdown on what plants will usefully yield. I got tired of Earl trying to force Bezial to play the other afternoon and tossed him a Granny Smith apple. He threw it in the air for a few hurls, rolled it around a bit and then looked at me like “what am I supposed to do with it now?”. It just didn’t have that curb appeal like sweet potatoes apparently do 😉


  2. Is kumara the same as yams? It sounds similar. Anyway, the recipe sounds wonderful and I’ll have to try it in a couple of months. We’re at the beginning of another heat wave, after a couple weeks of cool and rainy weather.

    Thanks for another great recipe, Wendy! ~ Linne


    • Hi Linne. No kumara is different, there are several varieties but I only like the bright orange. Sort of waxy, creamy sweet potatoes if you imagine that!? My husband loves yams (just had them tonight) but I can’t bare them 🙂


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