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NICE N’ EASY COTTAGE PIE CUPS

Something very traditional, re-created into a delicious mini gourmet snack,

The Dr. Oetker way!

NICE N’ EASY COTTAGE PIE CUPS

Something very traditional, re-created into a delicious mini gourmet snack, The Dr. Oetker way!

NICE N’ EASY COTTAGE PIE CUPS

Something very traditional, re-created into a delicious mini gourmet snack, The Dr. Oetker way!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

How many people does it serve?

This should be an easy question to answer, but in South Africa, it’s complicated, due to our colourful multi-cultural rainbow nation.

  1. In an Anglo Saxon household, each pizza/meal should feed between 4 to 6 guests.
  2. In a Mediterranean, Ethnic or African home it could feed as little as 1 to 3 people for a single meal as food needs to be experienced in large quantities.
  3. If you’re of Scandinavian extraction, each meal could last you a month!

Then we need to look at your emotional state, as that is a determining factor when dealing with quantities.

  1. Have you had a terrible day with your boss?
  2. Did you fight with your spouse?
  3. Are your kids driving you insane?
  4. Is your wi-fi slower than the Groot Trek?
  5. Is the lockdown getting to you?
  6. Did that hot guy from the gym eventually whatsapp you?
  7. How are you doing with those skinny jeans?
  8. Is your mother-in law doing what mother-in laws do?
  9. What season of Game of Thrones are you watching?

All these contributing factors could influence the amount you will choose to eat; Ranging from “just a slice/bite” to “call in the kitchen Calvary we’re going down babies”!

FOR THIS QUICK RECIPE YOU WILL NEED

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 x large white onion ( sliced into circles )
  • ½ x cup flour
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • 1 x table spoon butter
  • 1 x teaspoon fresh thyme ( remove the stalks)
  • 1 x puff pastry ( rolled or square)
  • 1 x cup crushed store bought croutons
  • 5 x fresh chives

METHOD

  1. In a muffin tray (6 muffins), coat the insides with spray and cook.
  2. On a flat surface, dust some flour, before placing the puff pastry. Make sure your pastry has defrosted; otherwise it will start to crack if you force to unroll it when still semi-frozen.
  3. Once flat on your counter, dust some additional flour on both sides of the puff pastry, to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the surface.
  4. Take a cookie cutter, one that is slightly bigger that the individual muffin circumference and cut out 6 circles.
  5. Now gently tuck the pastry circles into the individual muffin holders, making sure that you’ve positioned them with enough pastry to go up the sides, equally. Press down to ensure they are well in place, so that they don’t shrink inwards when baked.
  6. Take a fork and make a few incisions in each pastry cup.
  7. Wash cup pies with egg wash and place the muffin tray into a pre heated oven (180 deg) for 6 to 8 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Now, place the Cottage Pie into the microwave for 9 minutes.
  9. Whilst the pastry cups are baking, take a medium frying pan and on medium heat, sauté the onions and fresh thyme with a drizzle of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter. Once done, set aside.
  10. By now, the pastry cups will be ready. Remove them from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes. If the pastry has risen, don’t worry. Once you start adding the stuffing, the pastry will settle down.
  11. Once the 5 minutes have passed, using tongs, divide the onion and thyme mix into the base of the pastry cups.
  12. Remove the cottage pie form the microwave and using a spoon, divide the pie into 6 portions.
  13. Spoon the cottage pie into each individual pastry cup, ensuring that the mash is still in place on the top layer.
  14. Then take your crouton and place them either in cling wrap or in a zip lock bag and with a rolling pin, gently break them into a crunch crumble consistency.
  15. Sprinkle the top layer of mash with the crouton crumble and place in the oven ( 180 deg ) just enough to grill the top of the mash.
  16. Using scissors cut up the chives and sprinkle them on top of your pastry cups for garnishing.

AND YOU ARE READY FOR SERVING! PERFECT AS A STARTER OR THAT SNACK IN-BETWEEN NETFLIX SERIES BINGE WATCHING!

EAT AND ENJOY!

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