Cottage Pie

Let me set the scene.
We're in the coldest part of winter and it's wet and miserable outside. The sky is so grey that I need to turn the lights on in the kitchen.
While the kids and I have spent the morning sheltered in the shopping centre, oblivious to the icy cold wind and rain, Mr. Wonderful has been out there on the front line, toiling away in freezing conditions, to fund our shopping expedition.

How to show my appreciation for this tremendous sacrifice made for his family? Cottage Pie! The ultimate winter comfort food, topped off with a Bread and Butter Pudding.

Cottage Pie

1 Tablespoon Oil
500g Beef Mince (ground beef)
2 medium Carrots (170-220g)
1 Brown Onion (about 100g)
4 Celery stalks (about 100g)
* Carrots, celery and onion roughly diced.
1 1/2 Tablespoons Plain Flour
1 Beef stock cube dissolved in 150mls Hot Water
1 Tablespoon Tomato Paste
2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce
Potato Topping
4 Large  Potatoes (about 800g) cubed.
30g butter
30g milk
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)

• Heat oil in a large pot.
• Add Carrots, Onion and Celery to the pot and cook until onion is translucent, stirring frequently.
• Add beef, continue stirring regularly until just browned, then mix in flour.
•Stir in Stock, tomato paste and worcestershire sauce.
• Simmer for 1/2-1 hour

• Preheat oven to 180°C
• In a separate pot, boil potatoes in enough water to cover them completely for 20 minutes or until tender. Use a fork to test.
• Drain potatoes, add butter and milk (plus any seasoning you desire, salt, pepper etc.) and mash well.

• Spread beef mixture evenly in a medium, deep baking dish.
• Spread potato evenly over the top of beef mixture.
• Sprinkle top with cheese.
• Place in oven for 10-15 minutes or until top is browned.


  1. It's not often that I see a new recipe and think "wow, my entire family would love that, but this is definitely one of those. Going to have to try it this winter.

  2. Thanks Karen. It is hard to find a meal that caters to all. This one ticks all the boxes for us.

  3. Cottage Pie has got to be one of the best winter warmers :-) I made one just this week for a friend with a newborn, I packed it full of extra veggies and she loved it :-)


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