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Slow Cooked Horseradish Beef Pot Pies with Sweet Potato Topping

Accredited Practicing Dietitian Geraldine Georgeou, together with, has developed a Study Diet that tailors to the nutritional and lifestyle needs of students. For parents of students, this is a delicious and healthy meal to whip up for your children during exam time.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 800g gravy beef, fat trimmed, dice into 2cm cubes

  • 1 large onion, diced

  • 2 sticks celery, diced

  • 1 large carrot, peeled, diced

  • 1 large parsnip, peeled, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

  • 2 tbsp no added salt tomato paste

  • 250ml beef stock, salt reduced

  • 11/2 tbsp horseradish cream

  • 2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley

  • 700g sweet potato, peeled, diced

  • Steamed greens, to serve


  • 1.

    Preheat oven to 160°C or 140°C for a fan forced oven. Place beef in a bowl with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and toss to coat. Heat a large flameproof casserole dish over a high heat and add the beef in batches. Cook for 2 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan and set aside.

  • 2.

    Return pan to a medium heat, add the remaining oil, onion, celery, carrot and parsnip. Stir for 5 minutes or until softened. Add the garlic, cook stirring for 1 minute, add tomato paste, cook for 1 minute further. Return beef to pan with the stock and 325ml (1 ½ cups) water, stir to combine and bring to the boil.

  • 3.

    Cover dish and transfer to preheated oven for 2 hours or until meat is very tender. Remove from oven, stir through the horseradish and parsley. Season with freshly cracked black pepper.

  • 4.

    Meanwhile, cook sweet potato in a large saucepan of boiling water until tender. Drain, return to pan and mash until smooth.

  • 5.

    Increase oven temperature to 180°C or 160°C for a fan forced oven. Divide beef mixture between 4 x 250ml (1 cup) oven proof ramekins. Top each with ¼ of the mashed sweet potato. Place ramekins on a baking tray, bake for 15 minutes or until topping is golden. Serve pies with steamed green vegetables.


You can substitute the gravy beef with oyster blade steak

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