Kids Cook Monday Recipe: Hearty Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie hot from the oven!
Cottage Pie hot from the oven! | Source

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Cooking With Kids

Hearty Cottage Pie is simple enough that children can help or, if they're old enough, make on their own. Cottage Pie can be tailored to your family's preferences, making it a great recipe for children to experiment with.


Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 45 min
  • Yields: 4 servings

Did You Know?

Cottage Pie and Shepherd's Pie are often confused. The difference is that Shepherd's Pie is made with lamb while Cottage Pie is made with beef.

Before You Start

Difficulty Rating: Easy!

  • Pre-heat oven to 450 F


You will need:

  • Can opener
  • Skillet and spatula
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Cooking pot and potato masher
  • 9 inch baking dish


The basic ingredients of a Cottage Pie are ground beef, corn and potatoes.
The basic ingredients of a Cottage Pie are ground beef, corn and potatoes. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 3 large Potatoes, mashed
  • 1 can of Corn, drained
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Seasoning to taste

Your Child(ren)’s Participation

Younger Kids Can:

  • Open the can(s)
  • Shred cheese (if using)
  • Make gravy mix (if using)

  • Add ingredients to baking dish


Older Kids Can:

  • Peel and dice potatoes
  • Chop garlic, mushrooms and onions (if using)
  • Brown meat


For information on kitchen safety when cooking with children, read Setting Kitchen Rules.

Rosa’s Special Additions


I like gravy with my Cottage Pie, so I mix up 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with ½ cup of water and pour it over the meat before adding the corn.


Things to Try

  • Shredded cheese in the mashed potato;
  • Leave the skins on your potatoes;
  • Use ground chicken instead of beef;
  • Use sesame oil to brown your meat;
  • Add minced garlic to the ground meat when browning;

  • Chopped mushrooms and onions fried with the ground meat;
  • Mushroom soup added to the ground meat;
  • Peas or mixed veggies instead of corn.


Cooking the Meat

  1. Heat the oil in skillet over medium heat;
  2. Brown the ground meat, seasoning to taste;
  3. Drain the grease from the skillet.


TIP: If you’re using mushrooms and/or onions, add a little butter to give the mushrooms an extra bit of tastiness.


Dicing the potatoes into small cubes will help them cook faster.
Dicing the potatoes into small cubes will help them cook faster. | Source

Making Mashed Potatoes

  1. Wash, peel and dice the potatoes;
  2. Place in pot and rinse thoroughly;
  3. Fill pot with water and place over high heat;
  4. Boil until potatoes are soft;
  5. Drain water;
  6. Add butter and seasoning to taste. If you’re using shredded cheese, you can add some to the potatoes now.


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Put the browned meat in the dish first.  If you're adding canned soup or gravy mix, add it now.Add the corn and spread evenly.Add the potato on top and spread evenly.
Put the browned meat in the dish first.  If you're adding canned soup or gravy mix, add it now.
Put the browned meat in the dish first. If you're adding canned soup or gravy mix, add it now. | Source
Add the corn and spread evenly.
Add the corn and spread evenly. | Source
Add the potato on top and spread evenly.
Add the potato on top and spread evenly. | Source

Bringing It All Together

In a baking dish:

→ Put your ground meat on the bottom. If you're adding canned soup or a gravy mix, add it on top of the meat now;

→ Add the corn and spread it evenly;

→ Add the mashed potatoes on top and spread it evenly. If you're adding shredded cheese, spread it on top of the potatoes.

→ Bake at 450 for 30 minutes.

→ Remove from oven, cut into squares and serve.


This series was created to help parents bond with their kids while teaching them valuable skills. It includes tips, ideas and recipes.

© 2012 Rosa Marchisella

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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

This looks like a great recipe for kids to help with, and one that everyone will enjoy eating too!

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