Norfolk pie

    55 min

    A different spin on cottage pie, made with turkey mince instead of beef, hence the name. Not only is this healthier due to turkey meat having less fat than beef, it's cheaper, too.

    Cheshire, England, UK
    17 people made this

    Serves: 4 

    • drizzle olive oil
    • 500g turkey mince
    • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
    • 1 or 2 large carrots, finely sliced
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
    • 300ml chicken stock
    • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon (or 1/2 tablespoon fresh)
    • handful rolled oats
    • good handful frozen peas
    • freshly ground black pepper
    • mashed potatoes
    • 100g grated cheese

    Prep:5min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:10min cooling  ›  Ready in:55min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6.
    2. Heat olive oil in a frying pan and brown the mince, onion and carrots for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
    3. Sprinkle the mixture with flour and simmer for a further 2 minutes.
    4. Mix in the tomato puree, add the stock, tarragon and rolled oats then bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the peas and pepper to taste and simmer for a further 5 minutes. (If sauce is too thin, thicken with a little cornflour).
    5. Transfer to an oven-proof dish and leave to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before covering with the mash. Sprinkle the mash with grated cheese.
    6. Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is bubbling, about 20 minutes.

    Make ahead

    The turkey base freezes well so can be made ahead. Just add the mash when you're ready to finish it off.


    Peas can be substituted with green beans.

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    Reviews in English (2)


    You nearly got it right. As a retired chef, I first had Norfolk Pie when a child at a place in the Norfolk Broads and I have made it several times for people who doubted such existed. Your recipe is close but what is a surprise to me is that you know Norfolk Pie as few people have heard of it. Your mistake is simple. Real Norfolk Pie is the same as either Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie except sharp Cheddar cheese is mixed into the potato topping. That makes it a Norfolk Pie. I do not believe in rating a recipe unless I can tell the person face to face what is wrong and that is why only 1 Star along with you using turkey, which originated in the U.S.A., not England, ergo, yours is not a true English recipe. Culinary history.  -  31 Jan 2016


    Loved this, made a sweetpotato and potato mash for the top yum, yum, yum! Will be making this again.  -  09 Nov 2015