Palmnut cottage pie

A delectable, comforting cottage pie with an African twist. It's typical Palmnut soup, reduced to a thick meaty sauce and topped off with creamy mashed potatoes. One taste and you’ll be hooked for life!

This recipe serves 2-4 people.


1 jar of Palmnut sauce

500g Shin of beef or stewing lamb

2 Tablespoons cooking oil

900g Peeled and cooked potatoes (for mashing)

Milk and butter for the mash (quantities left to personal tastes)

Salt and pepper for seasoning

Chives to garnish


  • Season the beef/lamb with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Brown the beef to a nice golden brown.
  • Stir in the Palmnut Sauce; fill the empty jar with water, rinse and add to the saucepan.
  • Leave the meat to slow cook for about 2 hours. Alternatively cook in a pressure cooker for 25-30 minutes or until the meat is tender and the sauce is thick.
  • Peel and chop the potatoes; then boil in salt water until soft.
  • Drain then, mash potatoes with enough butter and milk to gain a lump-free, fluffy consistency.
  • Preheat the grill to medium high.
  • Put the beef/lamb into an ovenproof dish, top with the mash and ruffle the surface with a fork.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the top starts to colour and the stew is bubbling up the sides.
  • Serve with a green, leafy salad.
Tip* - For a delicious alternative, try soft yam in place of the potatoes.


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