Cheat's Cottage Pie With Waffle Chips

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Recipe: #35348

July 29, 2020

Categories: Waffles

"From our weekday newspaper The West Australian."

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (510.5 g)
  • Calories 396.9
  • Total Fat - 13.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 107.2 mg
  • Sodium - 639 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 33.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6 g
  • Sugars - 7.9 g
  • Protein - 36.5 g
  • Calcium - 355.1 mg
  • Iron - 2.6 mg
  • Vitamin C - 41.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan forced and then heat the oil in a flameproof casserole dish over high heat and add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until the onion starts to soften and then add the lentils, tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, paprika and stock cubes or powder and season and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

Step 2

Add the frozen vegetables and 125ml (1 1/2 cup) water and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

Step 3

Smooth the surface then arrange the sweet potato chips on top and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the sweet potato chips are crispy.

Step 4

Top the cottage pie with extra thyme, if using.


  • Frozen McCain Sweet Potato Cross Trax chips were specified and supposed to be sold in Coles supermarkets but after visiting 4 in our area could not find them so I would be substituting their sweet potato fried, they may be sold in the east but not available here in the west.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • Choose extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
  • If using frozen vegetables, make sure to defrost them before adding to the dish.

  • Substitute lentils with black beans - This substitution will provide a great source of plant-based protein, and will add a delicious flavor to the dish.
  • Substitute sweet potato chips with crushed tortilla chips - This substitution will add a crunchy texture and a mild, salty flavor to the dish.

Vegan Variation Replace the extra virgin olive oil with vegan-friendly oil, substitute the vegetable stock cubes and powder with vegan-friendly stock cubes and powder, and omit the sweet potato chips.

: Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

: This delicious and healthy spinach salad is the perfect accompaniment to the Cheat's Cottage Pie with Waffle Chips. The roasted sweet potatoes add a delicious sweetness to the salad, and the combination of flavors is sure to please. The spinach and sweet potatoes also provide a good source of vitamins and minerals, making this an ideal side dish.

Roasted Carrot & Parsnip Mash

RECOMMENDED DISH DESCRIPTION: Roasted Carrot & Parsnip Mash is a tasty and healthy side dish that pairs perfectly with the Spinach Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes. It's full of flavor and provides a good source of vitamins and minerals. Plus, it's easy to make and can be served warm or cold.


Q: Can I use other types of chips instead of sweet potato chips?

A: Yes, you can use other types of chips such as regular potato chips, tortilla chips, or even pita chips. However, the cooking time may need to be adjusted depending on the type of chips you use.

Q: What temperature should I bake the chips at?

A: The oven should be preheated to 375°F and the chips should be baked for about 20 minutes or until they are golden brown.

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Fun facts:

The dish 'cottage pie' is believed to have originated in the UK during the 18th century. It was a popular dish of the working class as it was a cheap and filling meal.

In 2017, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver released a recipe for a 'Veggie Cottage Pie' as part of his 'Meat Free Meals' campaign, which aimed to reduce the amount of meat consumed in the UK.