Cottage Pie

By | October 1, 2016

I always call this a Shepherd’s pie. It’s not, Shepherds keep sheep, not cows. I love this recipe, it takes quite a long time, but it’s big enough that you can save, or even freeze some for another day. I really love meals that are nice and hearty, but also really easy to get lots of vegetables in. The kids are really good with eating lots of fruit, but I’m awful at it, so I try to pack lots into meals. And I like that this gives you lots of colours and flavours, but also each bite has different textures, it’s got everything going for it.

You’ll need:

  • 500g Beef mince2016-10-01-183551
  • 1 onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 150g frozen peas
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • Splash Hendersons
  • 500ml water
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 2 bay leaves

And for the mash:

  • 900g white potatoes
  • 100ml milk
  • 25g butter
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • 75g cheddar cheese

When I make something like this, that’s got a lot of components, I like to make sure I’m really well prepared. So I peel and chop my potatoes, and put them in water ready for later, chop the carrots and put them to one side and I boil the kettle so it’s ready, and I make sure everything is measured out.

Slice the onion and garlic really finely, fry them until the onions are soft, then add the mince and cook until its 2016-10-01-183644browned. Next, add the peas and carrots and stir everything together, pour in some boiled water, until it’s all covered and bring back to the boil. Sprinkle over a beef stock cube, a splash of Hendersons, a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 tbsp of tomato puree, stir it all together and add 2 bay leaves, reduce to a simmer and leave for 45 minutes. The juice will thicken up, but if it doesn’t seem to be getting thick enough, add a sprinkle of gravy granules and stir in well.

While this is happening, boil the potatoes for 20 minutes and mash. To mash my potatoes, I turn the hob off and drain them, then leave them in the colander, and return the pan to the hob, I add the milk and butter, with a pinch of salt and pepper, mix it all together until the butter has completely melted, then add the potatoes. I mash while still on the hob, adding more butter if I need to, until its soft and creamy, I then gently whip it with a wooden spoon. Set the potatoes to one side until the meat is ready.

When there’s only about 5 minutes to go, preheat the oven to 180 degrees. When it’s ready, put the meat mixture into a large oven proof dish and spoon on the mash, grate cheese on the top, and bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until the top is golden brown.



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  • I love a good cottage pie, even if you do call it the wrong thing, lol! This looks a great recipe. Adding Hendersons is a good twist. #foodiefriday

    • donna

      I’m not sure I’ve ever actually made a shepherds pie, so i don’t know where I’ve got it from! Hunky Husband insists on Hendersons in almost everything! x

  • topfivemum

    I’m always on the look out for recipes that allow me to hide veggies from my fussy two year old. And if I can do it all in one pot, cook it in advance and freeze it, even better! This one will definitely be served on a plate near us soon 🙂 #foodiefriday

    • donna

      Haha, my kids are great with veg, it’s Hunky Husband they need hiding from in our house!

  • Sometimes you just cant beat the classics can you!! Yummy
    Thanks for linking to #foodiefriday