Leek & Mince Pie

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This recipe is technically a failed version of a different recipe, because i didn’t follow the instructions. But it doesnt really matter, it worked anyway because there wasnt a reason for it not to. This just means that my nan’s going to do the “real” version and write that recipe out at some point.

You’ll need:

  • 450g Minced beef
  • 1 Small onion, finely diced
  • 1 Garlic clove, finely diced
  • 400g Can tomatoes
  • 1tbsp Dried mixed herbs
  • 1tsp Parsley
  • 1tsp Thyme
  • 150ml Beef stock
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 800g Potatoes, peeled and cubed in small-medium chunks
  • 2 Large leeks, trimmed and sliced
  • 1tbsp Margarine
  • Salt&Pepper to taste
  • 50g Cheddar cheese, grated


  1. In a medium saucepan, cook the mince with the onion and garlic until completely cooked and browned, add the tomatoes and the herbs, mix well and add the stock and salt&pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  2. While that does its thing, put the potatoes and leek in a big saucepan and add enough water to cover, add a decent bit of salt. This helps them taste not boring, bring to boil and let it boil until the potatoes are completely cooked, remove a load of the leeks and just put them in a bowl or something. Preheat oven to gas mark 5/ 190*C/375*F.
  3. Tip half of the mince mixture into a baking dish, then add half of the potatoes on top, along with the separate leeks, spread evenly, add the rest of the mince on top of that.
  4. Mash the rest of the potatoes and leek with the margarine and salt&pepper, add it on top of the other stuff in the baking dish, sprinkle the cheese on top and bake for 20-25 minutes, until browning sightly on the edges.

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