Cottage Pie


serves 6
1 1/2 lb (675 g) minced beef
sprigs of parsley (to garnish)
a little milk and butter
2 lb (900 g) potatoes
salt and pepper
8 oz (227 g) can of peeled tomatoes
1/4 pt (150 ml) water
2 beef bouillon cubes
1/3 cup (1 1/2 oz) 40 g flour
2 sticks of celery, sliced
1 large onion, chopped


1. Place the onion, celery and minced beef in a large saucepan and cook gently for about 5 minutes to allow the fat to run out.

2. Stir in the flour, add the crumbled bouillon cubes, water and tomatoes and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Season well with salt and pepper.

3. Reduce the heat, partially cover the pan with a lid and cook gently for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender.

4. Meanwhile peel the potatoes and cook in boiling, salted water for about 15 minutes or until tender.

5. Drain and mash well with milk and a knob of butter.

6. Place the meat in a heatproof dish, allow to cool slightly, then cover with the mashed potato.

7. When required, dot the potato with knobs of butter and reheat in the oven at 400°F (200°C) mark 6 for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the meat is hot through.

8. Garnish with sprigs of parsley.

What did you think?

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A little extra flavour
posted by Chris @ 02:22PM, 5/24/06
Add a grated carrot and a clove or two of crushed/grated garlic to get extra flavour going (during step 1). This dish is a great way to get kids eating veg without knowing it!
Enjoyable dining
posted by derv done @ 01:14AM, 8/27/07
This is a nice recipe for a healthy and enjoyable meal.
posted by Dennis @ 08:01AM, 11/14/07
Amazingly easy, healthy, and a tasty all-in-one dish.
posted by Eoghan @ 01:24PM, 12/03/07
I added a 2 bay leaves to meat when putting into oven... tasted gooood
Very enjoyable
posted by vicky @ 03:45PM, 1/28/09
Add mashed carrot or sweade to your mash topping. Adds great flavour to the dish, plus the kids are eatting veg without even knowing :)
posted by Leanne @ 06:28AM, 5/08/09
I added too things to the dish wich was a dab of mint sauce in with the potato
That works very well.
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