Red Thai Curry Cottage Pie

I first thought about creating Thai fusion dishes about three years ago after I dreamt that I was on Masterchef. When I woke up in the morning, my head was filled with an abundance of ideas and this Thai curry cottage pie was one of them.

Recipe:

500g of mince pork (although you can use Quorn, beef, chicken or any mince really)
400ml of coconut milk
2 tbsp red Thai curry paste (available at most supermarkets and Oriental grocery stores)
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 potato
1 sweet potato
1 handful (approx 100g of Cheddar cheese)

Method:

Peel the potato and sweet potato and cut into chunks.

Boil in a saucepan of water on a medium to high heat.

In a frying pan add half of the vegetable oil and fry the mince.

Drain the excess water that appears in the frying pan using a metal sieve.

Return the mince to the frying pan and continue to cook until slightly golden in colour.

Remove from the frying pan and place in an ovenproof dish.

Add the remaining cooking oil to the frying pan as well as the red Thai curry paste.

After a minute start adding the coconut milk gradually. (I didn’t use all the coconut milk on this occasion as this particular brand was really creamy and wouldn’t have made my mixture spicy enough so try it at this stage and see what you think. Bear in mind that the mince and potato will make it less spicy too so you need the sauce to be slightly spicier than you would normally eat.)

Leave to simmer on a low heat while you drain and mash the potato and sweet potato.

Remove the curry sauce mixture from the heat and add to the mince in the oven proof dish.

Top with an even layer of the potato mash and then the cheese.

Place in a preheated oven, gas mark 5 (375 Fahrenheit and 190 degrees C) for 30 minutes or until the cheese is golden and slightly crispy.

Serve with seasonal vegetables or a garden salad.

Thai Food

Please let me know if you try out my red Thai curry cottage pie recipe. I really hope you like it. You can watch me make this dish on my YouTube channel. While you’re there, don’t forget to like and subscribe… It’s free. Bx

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King Prawn and Som Tum Salad

I have put my twist on this traditional Thai Som Tum salad because I lead quite a busy life. I tend to serve it with some steamed brown rice so I can eat it as a complete meal. Whereas in Thailand, this light and healthy dish is consumed with a selection of stir-fried meats and rice or noodles.

prawn som tum

Recipe for 2 people:
100g of green beans
12 cherry or plum tomatoes
12 king prawns
1 large carrot
2-3 birds eye chillies
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp granulated sugar
1 clove of garlic
1 tsp of vegetable oil
Optional ingredient 4 tbsp of salted peanuts

Method:

Pan fry the prawns with the vegetable oil on a medium to high heat.

Set aside and peel the carrots using the special peeler (pictured below) or hand mandoline.

Finely chop the garlic and 2 – 3 birds eye chillies (1 for very mild palates).

Pound the garlic and chilli using a pestle and mortar. Add the fish sauce, lime juice and granulated sugar.

Top and tail the green beans and quarter the tomatoes.

In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and sprinkle on the peanuts after you have plated the salad.

hand mandoline

I really hope you enjoy this version of a Thai Som Tum salad with King Prawns. Please let me know if you do and check out how I made it in my latest YouTube video. I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel. It is really quick and easy and it is 100 per cent free too. Bx