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Beef and Lentil Pies recipe (Pie)

For the pies
1 cup green lentils
some   cold water
225 g beef mince(lean)
1   onion, diced
2   celery ribs, diced
1   carrot, diced
1   garlic clove, finely chopped
1 can (425g)can chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons vegemite(or other yeast extract)
1   bay leaf
For the Topping
450 g potatoes, peeled and cut
450 g parsnips, peeled and cut
4 tablespoons plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons chives, chopped
4 teaspoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Posted by Irene on Mar 31, 2008


Place lentils in a saucepan with cold water to cover. Cook over a high heat until boiling, then boil for 10 minutes.

In another frying pan brown the beef mince. Once browned add the onion, celery, carrot and the garlic. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes and stir in tomatoes.

Drain lentils and reserve 300ml (1 ¼ cups) of the cooking liquid. If not enough cooking liquid top up with hot water.

Add lentils to meat mixture, then dissolve the vegemite in the cooking liquid and stir into meat mixture.

Add bay leaf and bring mixture back to the boil, lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile make the topping.

Place potato and parsnip in a saucepan and cover with water (lightly salted if you desire).

Bring to the boil and cook for about 15 minutes or until tender.

Drain into a bowl and mash together with the yoghurt and the chives.

Preheat the grill (Broiler).

Remove bay leaf from meat mixture and divide the mixture among 4 2 cup capacity ramekins.

Spoon or pipe the potato/parsnip mash over the top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Place under the griller for a few minutes or until the potato topping is nicely golden.

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