Caroline's Cottage Pie

    1 hour 5 min

    Perfect on a chilly autumn's been in my family for years. The cinnamon may be a surprise ingredient, but it adds a good rich flavour.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 450g (1 lb) lean mince
    • 1 onion, diced
    • 3 carrots, diced
    • 2 tablespoons plain flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon mixed dried herbs
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 350ml (12 fl oz) beef stock
    • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 4 potatoes, peeled and diced
    • 50g (2 oz) butter, softened
    • 250ml (8 fl oz) milk
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • 125g (4 1/4 oz) grated Cheddar cheese

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:50min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 C (gas 6).
    2. Place diced potatoes in a medium saucepan. Cover with water and place over high heat. Allow to come to the boil. Boil for 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain.
    3. Place a large frying pan over medium heat. Crumble in mince and saute 1 minute. Add onion and carrot, then continue to saute until meat is no longer pink and onion begins to brown, about 5 minutes. Mix in flour, cinnamon, mixed herbs and parsley.
    4. In a small bowl, combine beef stock and tomato puree. Mix together, then add to beef mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat and simmer mixture for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until almost all of liquid has been absorbed. Spoon mixture into a 23cm pie dish.
    5. Mash potatoes until smooth, then add butter, followed by milk. Whip until fluffy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread potatoes over filling. Sprinkle with grated Cheddar cheese.
    6. Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes, until top is browned and cheese is bubbly.

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    It was ok but I think a tsp of mixed herbs is enough I could taste the herbs and didnt like it. Not sure I wouldmake this recipe again.  -  07 Jul 2013


    I'm English, and apart from the addition of the pie crust (which I omitted), this is pretty authentic. Like others, I used a little ketchup instead of tomato paste. Also, I used Bisto Gravy Granules (from the British food store I go to) to thicken it. Finally, I threw in a handful of frozen peas. (Btw, Shepherd's Pie is made with ground lamb; Cottage Pie with ground beef).  -  07 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Being from Australia, cottage pie is a favourite when it comes to comfort food for the family. Overall, this recipe is pretty close to the orignial. Defeinitely omit the cinnamon. Not sure why you would want to add cinnamon to a traditional cottage pie. Like a lot of other reviewers, i added worsteshire sauce, approx 2 teaspoons, as well as 1/2 cup of peas. I'd also recommend cutting back on the cheese. Just enough to brown on top of the mashed potato is sufficient. Finally, stick to lean ground can cut back on the the oily, greasy film which can overpower the taste of all other well as the waistline  -  12 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)