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“Mince And Tatties – A Delicious Scottish Staple – A How Too Guide!”
“Mince And Tatties – A Delicious Scottish Staple – A How Too Guide!”

“Mince And Tatties – A Delicious Scottish Staple – A How Too Guide!”

Mince and tatties

Mince and tatties is a classic Scottish dish that features flavorful minced beef served with mashed potatoes. Here’s a recipe to make mince and tatties:


  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef (minced beef)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup (240ml) beef stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For the mashed potatoes:

  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) milk or cream
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until the onion is softened and translucent.
  2. Add the ground beef to the skillet and cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon. Drain any excess fat from the skillet.
  3. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce, tomato paste, and beef stock. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together and the sauce has thickened slightly. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
  4. While the mince is simmering, prepare the mashed potatoes. Place the peeled and chopped potatoes in a large pot of salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, usually about 15-20 minutes.
  5. Drain the cooked potatoes and return them to the pot. Add the butter and milk or cream to the pot. Mash the potatoes using a potato masher or a fork until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. To serve, spoon a portion of the mince onto a plate, and top it with a generous dollop of mashed potatoes.

Mince and tatties is a simple yet comforting dish that can be enjoyed on its own or served with additional vegetables or gravy. It’s a traditional Scottish favorite that showcases the delicious combination of minced beef and creamy mashed potatoes.

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