Cottage Pie: A Recipe for The Perfect Monday Night Comfort Food

Cottage Pie Recipe

by Sharon Maher on December 6, 2012

in Food, Recipes, Supper

Cottage pie on a cold winter’s evening is the epitome of comfort food. A flavoursome mix of butter and fat and eatable with a spoon!


There are many heinous crimes committed in the name of cottage pie - so please, leave off the cheese! And, never, never, ever substitute anything for potato! Even worse -using left over meat from Sunday's roast for the filling - don't do it or you'll get a visit from the food police!

Here's my simple recipe for knocking up a Monday night treat.

Recipe serves 4

Ingredients

1kg minced beef
4 onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato purée
400ml beef stock or a 400ml tin of beef consomme
A splash or two of Tabasco (optional)
2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
Sunflower oil
Salt and pepper

FOR THE MASH
8 large Maris Piper potatoes
A large knob of butter
A splash of milk

Method

Soften the onions in a tablespoon of oil for about 10 minutes.
Add the meat and brown, then add tomato purée and cook for 2 minutes.
Add Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce and stock. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down and simmer gently for about 25 minutes.
To make the mash put peeled potatoes cut into quarters in a pan of salted water, bring to the boil and simmer for up to 10 minutes, until a knife goes through them easily.
Add butter and warm milk to the potatoes and attack them with a masher.
Take a pie dish and pile in the meat using a slotted spoon so that some of the liquid is reserved for gravy (it also makes sure the mash doesn't sink into a watery grave!). Top with mash. Fork the top of the mash to give it texture and dot with butter.
Put in an oven at 180°C for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden and the meaty contents are bubbling.
Serve in a bowl with peas and gravy made from the reserved juices, and scoff with a spoon.

 

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