Family Favourite Cottage Pie

Family Favourite Cottage Pie


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About this recipe: A hearty supper dish and a favourite with the boys and kids alike.


Serves: 4 

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 450g minced lean beef steak mince
  • 1 large onion, chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped finely
  • 2 bay leaves
  • the leaves off 2 to 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • dash of Worcester sauce (optional)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 290ml beef stock
  • Topping
  • 1kg maris piper potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • large knob of butter
  • up to 120ml of semi-skimmed milk (according to personal preference)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 190 C / Gas 5.
  2. Add olive oil to a large frying pan and over medium-low heat add the beef, onion and carrot. Stir until the beef is browned and the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add the bay leaves and thyme and stir through for a minute or so. Stir in the Worcester sauce (optional), tomato puree, chopped tomatoes and stock. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Season to taste.
  4. Meanwhile, boil the prepared potatoes until soft. Drain and then mash them, adding the butter and milk until you have a nice smooth, but not too stiff, mash. Season to taste.
  5. Pour the mince mixture into a large casserole dish and cover with mash. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Spoon onto warmed plates and serve with steamed/boiled garden peas and/or string beans with some garden mint.

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This was good. Warm comfort food. Thanks for posting the recipe - 12 Sep 2012

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