I absolutely love Cottage Pie (I always call it Shepherds Pie regardless of whether I use beef or lamb but thought I’d best use the correct term on here). As some of my followers live abroad I thought I would post the recipe and just to let you know that Cottage Pie is made with beef and Shepherd’s Pie is made with lamb.
I large onion – Chopped
2 carrots – sliced
oil or butter for frying
500g Minced Beef
Beef stock cube
Worcestershire sauce – 1 Tablespoon
1 Bay leaf
3 sprigs of thyme
Fresh parsley – chopped (I use lots of this)
Tomato puree – a good squirt
Frozen Petit Pois
Salt and Pepper
Large knob of butter for the mash
70 ml milk for the mash
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg for mash
If you do not have access to fresh herbs use 1 tablespoon of dried mixed herbs. You can also add cheese to the mash or sometimes a small amount of horseradish. If you want to be super healthy replace half of the potatoes with carrot or sweet potato.
First of all place the onions in a large pan or frying pan and soften along with the carrots and celery if you are using it.
Add the minced beef and fry off until browned.
Add the stock cube, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, bay leaf, thyme and parsley, salt and pepper to taste.
Put a splash of water in about 1/4 to 1/2 pint. If you put too much water in thicken it up with a teaspoon of flour. Leave to cook for 30 minutes on a gentle to medium heat.
Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into chunks. Boil until soft, drain and return to the pan. Add the butter, milk and freshly grated nutmeg. Give it a good mash until nice and fluffy. At this point you can add the cheese or horseradish or leave it plain.
Remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs, add the frozen peas and sliced mushrooms give it a good stir.
Transfer this to an ovenproof dish and top with the mashed potato. Spread the potato all over and use a fork to make little ridges all over it which will turn a little crispy when done. If you prefer you could cover the top with a sprinkling of cheese.
Now it is ready to put into a heated oven and cook for about 30 minutes.
This is proper comfort food… I swear my tummy is smiling
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do