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Make Minced Beef Cobbler and Dumplings With This Easy Recipe

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Beef Cobbler. Photo by the_justified_winner

Beef Cobbler. Photo by the_justified_winner

Make This Winter Comfort Food!

At the time I'm writing this, we're going through the coldest snap of the last 20 years! What I needed was a nice and easy comfort food that filled me up and warmed me through, and minced beef cobbler never fails to satisfy those requirements!

This savoury mince beef cobbler is a simple recipe that you can make in time for tea. The word "mince" is British. In the United States, it's known as ground beef. I had this dish for the first time when I was at school, it was one of my favourite school dinners. It's easy to make, which is always good.

I mentioned it to a friend of mine, and he hadn't heard of mince beef cobbler before. To rectify that, I wrote this recipe for him—and for you, of course!

Mince meals have always been seen as budget recipes. You can really find some bargain buys and make it stretch quite far. The meat is the only pricey ingredient, and I like to buy it when it's half off. Any mince will do!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

55 min

1 hour

Serves four people


  • 400-500g beef, meat or mince
  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 large carrots, or 3-4 smaller carrots
  • Half a can garden peas, frozen or fresh
  • 2 stock or gravy cubes or granules
  • 6oz self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2oz margarine
  • A pinch salt water


  1. Grate or finely dice the carrots and onions.
  2. Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Cook the mince for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently until it's all browned.
  3. Drain most of the fat from the pan. Set it aside in case you want to use it later.
  4. Add the onions to the mince and continue frying for another five minutes over medium heat. Do this until the onions are cooked, stirring regularly.
  5. Once the meat has been cooked, pour the pan's contents into an ovenproof dish with a lid. The larger the dish the better, as it will give you the largest surface area to fit more cobblers!
  6. Add the carrots and peas into the meat.
  7. If the meat juices you drained aren't too fatty, add them back into the casserole dish. I like to strain it through a tea strainer before putting it in to remove any lumps of cooled fat.
  8. Make up your stock cube with boiling water and add it to the mince mix. You'll want quite a thick gravy.
  9. Stir all the ingredients together.
  10. Place the lid on the dish and place it in a preheated oven at 190˚C or 375˚F.
  11. To make the cobbler dough, mix the flour, margarine, and salt together to create a breadcrumb consistency. You can cheat by using a food processor to do this.
  12. Add water slowly into the mix until you have a firm, scone-like dough. If you add too much water, it will become sticky, so you can add a little flour to counteract that.
  13. When the dough is one firm ball, place it on a floured worktop and roll it out to 1cm thickness. Cut circles from the dough using a scone cutter if you have one. If you don't, use a drinking glass or something similar to give you 2-5cm circles.
  14. Remove the mince mix from the oven, stir it, and add the cobblers on top. They will expand as they cook, so leave some space between them. The gravy needs to be quite thick to keep the cobblers from sinking. If your gravy is thin, add another stock cube, gravy granules, or cornflour. I like to mix flour/cornflour with a spot of cold water first to ensure there are no lumps.
  15. Return the casserole to the oven without the lid. This will help the cobblers brown.
  16. Continue cooking the dish at 190˚C/375˚F for 12-18 minutes or until the cobblers have risen and are a lovely golden brown. Don't turn the cobblers during the cooking process.
  17. Serve the dish with your favorite vegetables, and enjoy!

Savoury Mince Beef Cobbler Variations

If you want to branch out with different flavor combinations, try these ideas for a delicious and fresh taste!

  • Once the cobbler is done, sprinkle cheese on top and return it to the oven for another 5-6 minutes until the cheese has melted and browned.
  • Add other vegetables that you like: celery, sweetcorn, diced potatoes, a tin of tomatoes, or real tomatoes.
  • Add mixed herbs to the cobbler dough. It looks and tastes lovely.
  • Experiment with other ingredients such as onions or sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Add mustard or horseradish to the scone topping to give this a real bite (only if you know you already like the taste!)

This is a hearty and traditional British school dinner as well as a popular budget-friendly meal! I hope you enjoy putting your own twist on savoury mince cobbler!

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