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Shearers' Mince and Potato Hot Pot Recipe
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Shearers' Mince and Potato Hot Pot

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"This is a very filling Australian outback recipe that is often made for the shearers."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    35 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr 15 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place potato slices in a medium bowl with enough water to cover.
  2. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in ground beef, onion, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is evenly browned and onions are tender.
  3. In a separate medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter, and thoroughly blend in flour. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir 5 minutes, or until thickened. Reduce heat, and blend Cheddar cheese into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Line a medium baking dish with 1/2 the potato slices. Pour in the ground beef mixture, and top with mushrooms. Cover with the cheese sauce mixture. Top with remaining potatoes. Dot with 2 tablespoons butter.
  5. Bake 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.
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  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 01, 2005

I liked this recipe a lot, however, you definately need to drain the meat. To cut down on the grease, I used half a cup of cheddar cheese and half a cup of monteray jack cheese.(cheddar cheese is very oily). As far as the potatoes go, first I pre-cooked the meat with onions, fresh garlic, and chili sauce (replacing the tomato sauce). I then refrigerated the meat for about an hour. Then I sliced the potatoes very thin and cooked the whole thing together for 1hr. The first half hour, I kept it covered with aluminum foil, and then took it off the last half hour. The potoes came out very tender. My husband and kids loved it.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 12, 2005

I liked this meal, but the wife and kids did not. The kids liked the potatoes but not the meat (the Worcestershire taste I think). My wife was unhappy that the potatoes were only partially cooked (even after an extended baking time). I think if I were to make it again I would bake it covered with foil for 45min then uncovered for the last 15min(this is how I cook my scalloped ham and potatoes and the potatoes are always tender). This could be a great meat and potatoes recipe with some adjustments.


57 Ratings

Dec 28, 2003

This is good and filling, as claimed. It's basically "shepherd's pie meets scalloped potatoes". Good, plain comfort food, but if you are looking for something with more zing, you may want to add a bit of spice or chili sauce to the meat when you cook it. Make sure to cut the potatoes really thin, too, or else you'll be cooking it for a long(er) time!

Mar 03, 2009

<> from Kattjovi I have been reading a lot of reviews where people have said they need to drain the fat from the meat. This is an Australian Recipe, and we don't have a high fat content in our mince steak, so we don't need to drain it. I apologise to o/s cooks, I did not realise this when I posted the recipe, and yes Ketchup is Tomato Sauce in Australia. I think this recipe is quite versatile, you can add whatever herbs etc you like, you could even spice it up with a bit of chili powder! That's the fun of cooking,(I think) experimenting! Enjoy!

Jun 05, 2003

This one is a keeper! Very yummy indeed. Thanks for the recipe.

Dec 13, 2007

Delicioso! I drained the beef. I also used the "soy substitute" recipe from this site instead of Worcheshire Sauce. I tried 5 potatoes since I used 2lbs of beef but that was still too much. Suggest 4 potatoes. I double the sauce since I did have double the meat. Also cooked with foil on for 1 hr and uncovered for 20 more minutes. Perfection!

Jun 05, 2003

I found this recipe very bland. It also was greasy as the recipe did not call for draining the ground beef/onion mixture. It also took longer to cook the potatoes to doneness than the recipe claimed. I won't fix this again.We ended up making burgers on the grill.

Sep 27, 2007

good recipe,, but to add a little more flavour add a tea spoon of dried mixed herbs to the mince beef,, and if you want a hotter flavour a few diced chilles


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  • Calories
  • 646 kcal
  • 32%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 42.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 121 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 42 g
  • 65%
  • Fiber
  • 5.1 g
  • 20%
  • Protein
  • 25 g
  • 50%
  • Sodium
  • 455 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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