Traditional Cottage Pie Recipe

cottage pie on a plate with peas

Cottage Pie is a treasured comfort food, originating from Ireland and Britain. It’s a hearty dish featuring a mouthwatering mince/ground meat filling topped with creamy mashed potatoes.

This recipe is perfect for expats longing for a taste of home, this recipe is easy to prepare and brings a nostalgic touch to your dinner table. Made with high-quality Irish meat, available from our online store, this dish is sure to become a family favourite.

Cottage Pie Ingredients

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  • 500g ground beef (Irish beef preferred)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Using a Food Processor to Make Mince Meat

  1. Using diced beef, trim any excess fat and sinew.
  2. Cut the beef into smaller, manageable chunks if needed.
  3. Place the beef chunks in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes. This helps the beef to firm up, making it easier to mince.
  4. Place the chilled beef chunks into the food processor. Do not overfill; it’s best to work in batches.
  5. Pulse the beef in short bursts until it reaches the desired consistency. Be careful not to over-process; you want a coarsely ground texture, not a paste.
  6. After pulsing, check the beef for any large pieces that need additional processing.
  7. Transfer the minced meat to a bowl and repeat with the remaining beef.

For the Mashed Potato Topping

  • 1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 100ml milk
  • 50g butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions/Method for the Mince Meat Filling

  1. Preheat your oven to 200°C (400°F).
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute.
  4. Add the ground beef to the skillet. Cook until browned, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks.
  5. Stir in the tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.

Pour in the beef broth and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until the sauce has thickened, about 10-15 minutes.

Preparing Mashed Potatoes

  1. While the filling is simmering, boil the potatoes in a large pot of salted water until tender, about 15-20 minutes
  2. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.

Assembling the Pie

  1. Transfer the beef mixture to a large baking dish.
  2. Spoon the mashed potatoes over the beef mixture, spreading it evenly. Use a fork to create a textured surface on the potatoes.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbling around the edges.
  4. Let the pie cool slightly before serving.

Bacon by the Box Serving Suggestions

Cottage Pie pairs excellently with a simple green salad or steamed vegetables like peas. An unconventional but delightful side is baked beans – don’t dismiss it until you’ve tried it!

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