Here’s one of my family’s favourite meals we affectionately dubbed ‘Ashley’s Jacket Pies’. I tend to make this once a week and on a day when I need to be doing something else rather than stood in the kitchen cooking for hours on end. It requires little preparation and is absolutely delicious. This is the recipe for making this dish for 3 people.
500g of minced beef
3 large baking potatoes
2 tbsp. of flour
2 beef oxo cubes
Butter and Milk for the mash
1. Wash and pierce baking potatoes and place in the oven for approximately 60 minutes at 200° (times will vary depending upon the size of the potatoes and your oven). The insides need to be soft so ensure they are thoroughly cooked (stab potatoes with a knife to check).
2. Once the potatoes are almost done, you can begin to cook the mince. Add to a pan and fry until brown.
3. Drain off any excess fat.
4. Make up the oxo cubes to create a thick gravy and add to the mince.
5. Add the flour to the pan and stir whilst the mixture cooks. Add pepper for taste.
6. Turn down the heat and leave to simmer. Remove the baked potatoes from the oven. Using an oven glove or a tea towel to protect your hands, slice the potatoes into two and remove the insides, placing them in a bowl.
7. Mix the potatoes with butter and milk to create a mash to your desired consistency.
8. Place the mince mixture into the empty potato skins and cover with the mash.
9. Sprinkle cheese on top and return to the oven on a baking tray.
I personally don’t like onions, but you could add onions to the mince for flavouring. For variety, I sometimes use carrots and or peas adding these to the mixture at step 5. For a lower calorie alternative, either use a little cheese for the topping or remove it from the recipe altogether.