Cumberland Pie with beef, leeks and turnips

Introducing our delicious Beef, Leek & Swede Cumberland Pie, a hearty dish that combines tender beef, juicy leeks and flavorful turnips, all baked to perfection. This comforting recipe is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

Please note that our Cumberland Pie contains pork and is therefore only suitable for non-Muslims. However, we offer a wide range of alternative recipes to suit different dietary preferences. Try this beef treat and experience a truly healthy and tasty meal.


  • 3 (or 2 if large), dice the white part of the leeks, slice the green part and store separately
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil or vegetable oil
  • 1kg good quality ground beef (a little fat adds flavor and makes it more tender, so try a 10% mix rather than super lean)
  • 200 g unsmoked bacon strips
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Marmite
  • 1.2 l beef broth
  • 1 kg beets (about 2 large ones), peeled and cut into pieces
  • 350 g floury potatoes, cut into pieces
  • 25g butter, plus a few pieces of butter
  • 100 ml milk
  • some freshly grated nutmeg
  • 25g mature cheddar, grated
  • 25g fresh breadcrumbs


Serving suggestion

The earthy, golden turnip gives normal mashed potatoes that certain something and goes perfectly with the sweetness of fresh leeks.

Preparation steps

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.
  2. Put the leeks, carrots and celery in an ovenproof casserole dish with butter, oil and a pinch of salt and let them soften over a low heat without any coloring.
  3. In the meantime, fry the minced meat in a non-stick frying pan. Cook in batches to keep it brown and prevent it from turning gray and mushy. If you used lean ground beef, you may need to add a drop of oil.
  4. Gradually break up the minced meat well with a wooden spoon.
  5. When the vegetables are soft, add the bacon cubes, increase the heat slightly and cook until everything is golden brown.
  6. Stir in the minced meat, then add the flour, 3 sprigs of thyme, Worcestershire sauce and Marmite.
  7. Gradually stir in the stock and bring to a simmer, then cover and place in the oven.
  8. Cook for 2 hours, until the sauce is thickened and rich and the beef is tender. Remove the lid and stir in the leeks halfway through the cooking time.
  9. While the beef is baking, place the turnips and potatoes in two separate pans. Cover with cold water, bring to a boil, then simmer until tender, about 20 minutes.
  10. Drain well and then return to the pan over low heat to steam dry for a few minutes.
  11. If both (especially the turnips) look dry, mix them in a pan with butter, milk, nutmeg and lots of spices.
  12. Puree until a smooth mixture is formed.
  13. Place the ground beef in individual bowls or a baking dish (or leave it in the baking dish if you prefer and discard the thyme sprigs).
  14. Cover with the mash and fluff the top with a fork.
  15. Rub the Cheddar into the breadcrumbs with the leaves from the remaining thyme sprigs and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.
  16. Sprinkle this mixture over the porridge, sprinkle with small pieces of butter, then increase the temperature to 200°C/180°C fan/gas mark 6 and bake for 30 minutes, until the surface is golden brown and crispy.
  17. Can be made in advance and refrigerated or frozen and thawed.
  18. Bake for another 10-15 minutes until the sauce bubbles.

Nutritional Information

Equipment and tools

  • dulcimer
  • Knife
  • Pot
  • frying pan
  • baking pan
  • Potato masher
  • grater

Allergen information

This recipe contains dairy (butter, milk, cheddar) and gluten (flour, breadcrumbs). It may also contain soy (Worcestershire sauce) and yeast (Marmite). Please check ingredient labels for specific allergens.

Storage and leftovers

Leftover Cumberland Pie can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the cake in a preheated 350°F (180°C) oven for about 20-25 minutes or until warmed through. Alternatively, individual portions can also be warmed up in the microwave.

The Health Benefits of Beef, Leeks and Swedish Cumberland Pie

Beef, Leek and Turnip Cumberland Pie is a comforting and delicious dish that combines the richness of ground beef with the unique flavors of leeks and turnips. Not only is it a filling meal, but this recipe also offers several health benefits:

1. High Quality Ground Beef:

Using high-quality ground beef in this recipe provides a good source of protein. Protein is an essential nutrient that helps build and repair tissue, supports the immune system, and contributes to healthy hair, skin, and nails.

2. Leeks:

Leeks are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They contain high levels of vitamin K, which is important for bone health and blood clotting. Leeks are also a good source of vitamins A, C and folic acid, which are important for a strong immune system and overall health.

3. Swede:

Rutabagas, also known as turnips, are an excellent source of fiber, which aids digestion and helps maintain a healthy weight. It is also rich in vitamins C and E, which promote a healthy immune system and protect against cell damage caused by free radicals.

4. Potatoes:

The floury potatoes used in the recipe are a good source of carbohydrates, which are the body’s main source of energy. They are also a good source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber when consumed with the skin.

5. Nutmeg:

Adding freshly grated nutmeg not only improves the flavor profile but also offers potential health benefits. Nutmeg contains compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may contribute to overall well-being.

6. Cheddar Cheese:

A small amount of mature cheddar cheese gives the dish a rich and savory flavor. Although cheese should be consumed in moderation due to its high fat content, it is a good source of calcium and protein, which are important for bone health and muscle function.

By incorporating these ingredients into your diet, you can enjoy a delicious meal while benefiting from their nutritional value. So why not try this Beef, Leek and Beet Cumberland Pie recipe and enjoy the health benefits it has to offer?

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