Cottage Pie (aka Shepherd's Pie)
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Cottage pie, also know as Shepherd's pie, is an easy meal made with minced beef and topped with mashed potatoes before baking. A great meal for the whole family.
Recipe type: Beef, Baked, Casserole
Cuisine: English, British, Irish, Scottish
Serves: 4
Meat Filling Ingredients:
  • 500 g or 1 lb. minced beef
  • 1 large (200 g or 1.75 cups) cubed carrot
  • 1 medium (100 g or 3.5 oz) finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1.5-2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp. tomato puree
  • 1 tsp. worcester/Worcestershire sauce
  • 250 ml or 1 cup beef broth (low-sodium & no MSG)
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp salt, adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. flour to thicken
Mashed Potato Topping:
  • 500 g or 1 lb starchy potatoes, peeled & evenly cut
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 80 ml or ⅓ cup whole fat milk
  • salt to taste
Side Dish
  • peas
  1. Boil the potatoes in salted water, once fork tender drain. Add the butter, half the milk and some salt and begin mashing. Continue mashing and adding more milk until you achieve the consistency desired. Set potatoes aside.
  2. Preaheat 220c or 428f and have a baking dish ready. Heat the oil, saute the onions for 3 minutes then add the carrots. Cook for 5 minutes or until they begin to soften. Add the minced beef and cook for about 8 minutes. Drain all excess fat, and add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes. Mix in the tomato puree, worchester sauce, beef broth, flour, salt, ground black pepper, thyme and bay leaf. Cook until nearly all of the liquid has been absorbed.
  3. Pour the minced beef mixture into the pan, even out into an even surface and depth. Next spread the mashed potatoes over the meat making sure to achieve an even depth and surface. Bake in center of oven for 20 minutes, then place under the broiler setting for 5 minutes to brown the potatoes. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving with green peas on the side.
Instead of baking in one large baking dish you can bake in small individual ones. And for a fun pattern use a fork to spread the potatoes on top of the meat before baking.
Recipe by Spicie Foodie ™ at