My McCain Experience

12 Apr
The Other McCain Chef

The Other McCain Chef

So a McCain chef came to visit my family and I to show me how to prepare frozen veggies for my family on Monday night and then left me to prepare a meal a few days later using McCain’s products. The menu was simple, cottage pie, creamed spinach and a side serving of salad.

It turned out to be such a lovely meal that my husband had a second serving just as big as his first portion which took even me by surprise! Now that  Autumn is here and the evenings are much colder, a hearty home cooked meal like this one was perfect.

Just as a side note to Monday night with Chef Charl, it was refreshing to get a fresh perspective on cooking a classic meal like Cottage Pie. My culinary journey has mostly involved learning from my mother and family members who’ve had recipes passed down. I’m really not one to follow recipes but from now on, I won’t be so figure-it-out-as-we-go-along because this recipe brought through a really hearty mix of  flavors that was not too overwhelming to the palate. Please visit their Recipe page here, you will not be sorry!

Apart from the pics, here’s the recipe so that you can make this simple, nutritious and wholesome meal for your family as well.

Great McCain Products

Great McCain Products

Here’s the recipe that feeds 4 and only takes 45 minutes to cook:

Ingredients for the mince:

100 g McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onions
1 Garlic clove, minced
60g McCain Diced Carrots
60g Celery stalk, chopped
15g Butter
15g Flour
15ml Tomatoe paste
500g Beef mince
100ml Red wine
400ml Beef Stock
5ml Thyme dried
1 Bay leaves
50g McCain Mixed Vegetables
50g McCain Counrty Cro
Olive oil
TT Salt
TT Pepper

Ingredients for the Mash potato topping:

2 Medium potatoes
1litre Milk
100g Butter
5ml Thyme dried
1 Glarilc clove, minced
TT Salt
TT Pepper
1 Egg

1. Saute the McCain Diced Onion, garlic, carrot and celery until golden brown

2. Add the mince and allow to cook through

3. Add the butter, flour and tomato paste and cook off

4. De-glaze the pan with red wine and reduce until almost dry

5. Add the beef stock, thyme and bay leaves and simmer until the meat is of a rich, sauce-like consistency

6. Stir through McCain Mixed Vegetables and McCain Country Crop

7. Season with salt and pepper


Method for Mashed Potato Topping:Slide2

1. Peel and cube the potatoes

2. Bring the milk, garlic, thyme and potatoes to the boil

3. Continue cooking until the potatoes are cooked all the way through

4. Drain the potatoes from the milk and set aside for a few minutes to cool down

5. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth, adding the milk back as necessary

6. Stir through the butter and season to taste


For the Assembly:

1. Spoon the mince into the base of an oven-proof dish

2. Top with the mash potato, either spread or piped and egg wash

3. Bake at 180 degrees Celcius until golden

A serving suggestion: Serve with a garden salad or steamed veggies

Then sit back, relax and not only enjoy your dinner but the time spent with your family. Its a really great feeling being able to feed your family and healthy and delicious meal.

Think Again, Think McCain



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