400 gr minced beef
50 gr bacon (cut in cubes)
1 large carrot (grated)
1 large onion (grated)
1 clove of garlic (grated)
some olive oil
salt and pepper
1 glass of wine
1 glass of water (we do not use stock but you may wish to use it)
2 table spoon Worcestershire sauce
5 tablespoons of tomato sauce.
800 gr potatoes
50 gr butter (plus some more to dot over the mashed potatoes)
4 table spoons creme (or creme fraiche)
In a large pan (over medium to high heat) put 2 table spoons of oil and brown the meat (get rid of any lumps by shredding it with two wooden spoons). Take it out of the pan and reserve it. Lower the hear to medium. Fry the bacon in the same pan (without any oil) for 3 minutes. As soon as it is golden add 2 tablespoons of oil, the grated carrot and onion and fry this for 3-4- minutes. Add the meat back and then add the salt, grated garlic, Worcestershire sauce, tomato sauce, wine and water. Let it all bubble for 5 minutes.
Separately boil the potatoes in salty water until they are soft. Drain the water, add the butter, milk, cream, salt and pepper and mash it all well.
Put the meat on a deep baking tray. Cover it with the mashed potatoes. Dot little cubes of butter on top and bake in a 200 degrees preheated oven for 35 minutes.
The children get a bit bored with all these steps but they like helping with the mashing. Mine love this pie but I suspect they liked it even more when they did not know what was inside it.