Mince and Tatties

Mince and Tatties is an extremely popular Scottish dish, consisting of minced beef and potatoes, usually but not always mashed.

It is a staple food in Scotland and is usually served on a very regular basis.

People world wide are often homesick for the memory of their Ma’s or their Grannies Mince and Tatties.

This recipe, like a lot of Scottish food varies throughout Scotland as each region and town all have thier own variation.

Mince and Tatties even has a poem written about it.

mince and tatties

Serve 4

  • 500 G of good beef  mince
  • 1  onion, finely chopped
  • 2 or 3  carrots  diced
  • Dash or two to taste of  Worcester sauce
  • Beef stock or Bisto
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Mashed potatoes to serve

In a large saucepan, brown the mince but do not overcrowd as the the mince will stew instead of brown, best cooked in batches.

Only drain excess fat if you must – or else you will lose flavour and tenderness if you do.

Remove mince when fully browned.

In the same pan, fry off the onion for 3/4 minutes, before returning the mince to the pan.

Add the worcester sauce, and beef stock to cover.

If using Bisto, mix with cold the take pan off heat and stir in thoroughly.

Cover the pan and simmer gently for 45 minutes.

Adjust seasoning if required, then add the carrots.

Bring to a simmer and cook for a further 30 minutes, leaving the pan uncovered as required to reduce the stock down to a thick sauce.

Serve with your mashed potato.

Essential extras include a big dollop of Broon sauce.

This can be stretched further by adding oatmeal when browning the mince to make a more economical meal.

Mince and Tatties – A Wee Poem
I dinna like hail tatties
Pit on my plate o mince
For when I tak my denner
I eat them baith at yince.

Sae mash and mix the tatties
Wi mince into the mashin,
And sic a tasty denner
Will aye be voted ‘Smashin!’
J. K. Annand

from A Wale o Rhymes (Macdonald Publishers, 1989).

Scottish Word of the Day!

Mince – nonsense, rubbish

Yer no listenin’ tae whit that heid-the-ba tells ye, ur ye?  His heid’s full a’ mince!

You’re talking Mince – You’re talking a load of rubbish

Ma Heid’s full ‘o’ Mince, meaning that you cannot remember things.