Now, baked beans are not something that I would ever choose to eat in the normal run of things, but they can occasionally be a useful ingredient in cooking and this is one of those times. Likewise with stock cubes; I only rarely use them but when you are cooking with minced meat from the supermarket, rather than the butcher, they can add an extra boost of flavour.
Easy Home-From School Hotpot
Obviously switch the lamb mince and stock cube for their beef equivalents if you'd rather...
3 or 4 large potatoes, sliced thickly
1 onion, sliced
500g lamb mince
1 lamb stock cube
420g can baked beans
Put the sliced potatoes into boiling, salted water, return to the boil and cook for 10 minutes until just tender in the centre. Drain carefully (i.e. don't break them up!). Meanwhile, heat a littl oil in a casserole pan and fry the onion until softened. Add the mince and brown it, then crumble in the stock cube. Cook for a few minutes, then remove from the heat and stir in the baked beans. Lay the slices of potato on top in a spiral fashion (see picture), drizzle with a little melted butter and transfer to a 200°c oven for 15-20 minutes to brown the top.