a nostalgic take on the classic mince & tatties recipe
When I was a child my mother used to serve us children mince and tatties for dinner and it was the best thing ever! The recipe included regular beef mince (or hamburger as it was called when I grew up in Canada) fried up with an onion and a tin of Campbells Condensed Alphabet Soup poured over the top. Those little pasta letters floating around in the mince were so much fun to fish out and spell words with.
Pure and utter heaven!
Served with a great tower of buttery mashed potatoes and a giant spoonful (or two or three!) of my mother’s home made Cape Breton Chow Chow this was just about as good as it got when it came to dinner time.
I’m a mother now myself, and mince and tatties is still a regular fall-back on family meal. Sometimes I cheat and I make it with whatever veg I have in the fridge that is needing used up, water and a spoonful of Bisto gravy granules to flavour and thicken. Total comfort food.
Sometimes I jazz it up a bit and throw in a handful of alphabetti pasta, reminiscent of those childhood meals I once enjoyed. This recipe tastes very similar to what I remember, but keep in mind it’s been over 20 years since I’ve had a tin of Campbell’s Condensed Soup!