Graveyard Pie – Halloween Challenge

October 16, 2014Sew White

With Halloween only a few days away dinners are getting spooky!
Here is my first Halloween dinner idea – graveyard pie!

Sew White graveyard pie Unilever Halloween 1

A yummy take on a cottage pie with lots of mince beef ( they look very good as brains for Halloween) and a crispy potato gravestones on top for decoration. It tastes lovely and was very easy to make.

To make the sauce for the pie I used 2 beef cubes from Knorr and 1 flavour pot full of garden herbs. They really pack a punch of flavour and made the sauce delicious. For veg I used carrots, onions and parsnips. I served it with some fresh boiled peas on the side.

Sew White graveyard pie Unilever Halloween 3

The pie with it’s mash potato topping ready for the oven to brown and crisp on the top.

Sew White graveyard pie Unilever Halloween 4

The gravestone potatoes on a baking tray drizzled with oil and sprinkled with salt, pepper and thyme.

Sew White graveyard pie Unilever Halloween 5

Serves 6

4 baking potatoes
500g mince beef
2 carrots
2 parsnips
2 onions
2 beef cubes from knorr
1 flavour pot garden herbs from knorr
Glug of red wine (optional)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce (2 if you want a stronger taste)
salt and pepper

6 small potatoes for the gravestones


– Peel the potatoes and cut up into small chunks. Pop them in a pan of cold water and bring to the oil to cook until soft.
– Cut up the onions and allow to soften in a pan with a little oil.
– Add the beef until brown and then add the carrots and parsnips and leave them to soften on a low heat stirring regularly. – When everything is soft add the beef cubes, flavour pot and 500ml of water.
– Add a glug of wine and salt and pepper to taste.
– Allow to cook on a low heat until the potatoes are ready.

– Preheat the oven to 160°C (150°C fan)

– Cut a little but off the bottom of the potatoes so they can stand up and then cut them into slices (see the photo above).
– Place on a baking tray and drizzle with oil, sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme.

– When the potatoes are soft drain and pop them back into the pan.
– Add a little blob of butter and a splash of milk and mash the potato.

– In an oven proof dish pour in the beef and vegetables. Add 200ml of water and stir in. Adding the extra water will help insure there will be some gravy/sauce when you serve it.
– Add the mash potato on top and pop into the oven 30-45 minutes.
– Add the potato gravestones in to the oven at the same time.
– The dinner is ready when the gravestones are done and the potato has started to brown and crisp on the top.

Serve and enjoy

The potato gravestones looked fabulous and it was a great spooky meal. I hope you like my brains and gravestones pie.


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