Binnur's Turkish Cookbook - Delicious, healthy and easy-to-make Ottoman & Turkish recipes

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Mina / Turkish Shepherd's Pie

Main layer:
4 1/2 slices from a fresh toasting loaf, cut the crusts off


250 g. lean ground beef
1 tbsp butter
1 small onion, sliced
2 fresh onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, sliced
1 small cubanalle pepper, chopped
1 large tomato, diced
1 tsp dry oregano

Potato Puree:

2-3 yellow potatoes, peeled, cut in cub
1 tsp butter
1/4 cup hot milk
1 pinch black pepper
1 pinch red pepper

100 g Turkish Kashar or mozzarella cheese, grated

2 Lt casserole dish (11-7-1.5 inch)

Butter the inside of the Pyrex first. Cover of the bottom with the slices of bread.

Saute the onion with butter for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Then, add the rest of the filling ingredients. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Make sure you don't overcook, otherwise it will be dry. Leave some juice in it. Spread the filling all over the breads equally.

Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until they are softened. Drain and add the rest of the potato puree ingredients, mash. Cover the filling with the puree using a spatula. Sprinkle Kashar or mozzarella cheese all over the top.

Preheat the oven 400 F (200C). Put the Pyrex dish on the middle rack. Bake until the top reaches golden colour.

2-3 servings.



At 9:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello - I really enjoy your blog.

May I ask, when you specify "fresh onion," are you referring to someting like what we would call in English "scallions" or "leeks?"

Thanks for the blog.

Best Regards,


At 4:58 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Jim,
Thank you:)It is called fresh onions or green onions or scallions but not leeks:)

At 11:56 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

I love love love this website. I just made this tonight for me and my Turkish boyfriend and we absolutely LOVED it. :) I have made a few things from your website and they always turn out so wonderful. Tesekkurler :)

At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its like the cottage pie... with bread, so there is my question about not clear if I should cover the beef filling and potatoes with the bread too?

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Cover the filling with the " potato puree " using a spatula.

At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello!what a great recipe. I wished my native cuisine was as imaginative as Turkish, which amazes me all the time.This recipe is just super.bread cottage pie.I hope it tastes as good as it looks.Im sure.Bye!

At 5:10 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Merhaba Binnur, I would like to make this dish but I am a bit confused about the bread, should it be fresh bread or toasted bread?
Many thanks, Jane.

At 9:51 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Merhaba Jane,
It is fresh toast (sandwich) bread not toasted:)
Take care,

At 4:26 AM, Anonymous Amelia.T said...

This is cooking as I write, ive added grated carrot for my toddler who never eats veggies. I've had to exclude tomato (husband isn't eating tomato at the moment, very difficult to cook without) so I replaced tomato with red capsicum paste. Fingers crossed it is as delicious as yours looks.


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