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Easy English Cottage Pie Recipe

Updated on June 14, 2018
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Cottage pie is one of the basic tasty recipe that are cooked in the English household. I love this easy to prepare delicious Cottage pie.

Basic English Cottage Pie Recipe

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Home made Cottage Pie Recipe

Home made cottage pie recipe is very easy to prepare and cook. And when you cook too much of it, you can freeze some of it for future use for up to three months. In the cottage pie recipe, the meat used is minced beef while shepherd's pie, we use the minced lamb meat . This is the difference between Cottage Pie and Shepherd's Pie. Sometimes, I get confused with the two recipes but I now know that shepherd's pie is made of lamb's minced meat while cottage pie is made of minced beef.

There are so many ways of cooking this dish but I cooked it the way I know best. This is one basic English dish that I learnt to cook here in England. I like eating this dish and so with the shepherd's pie as well. Both dishes are prepared in the same way just different meat. Both recipes are delicious.

Photos of cottage pie(how I did it)

plated cottage pie, with Yorkshire pudding and stir fried pak choi
plated cottage pie, with Yorkshire pudding and stir fried pak choi | Source
home made cottage pie
home made cottage pie | Source
adding the mash on top of minced beef
adding the mash on top of minced beef | Source
ready to mash potatoes or spuds
ready to mash potatoes or spuds | Source
browned minced beef
browned minced beef | Source
adding the minced beef
adding the minced beef | Source
frying the garlic, onions, and carrots
frying the garlic, onions, and carrots | Source

Cook Time for Cottage Pie

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: serves 2 people

Ingredients for Cottage Pie

  • 500 grams Beef Mince, lean organic
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 onions, chopped
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil, pure virgin
  • 1 cube beef stock
  • 4 tbsp milk or beaten egg, to glaze
  • 1 tbsp butter(optional)
  • 4 or 5 medium potatoes, cut into four pieces
  • 1 cup cheese(optional), grated

How to Cook Cottage Pie

  1. First peel the potatoes and boil them until cooked for the mash.
  2. Slice or cut up onions and garlic and set aside.
  3. Peel and grate the carrots (I used a peeler to grate the carrots)
  4. Heat the olive oil in a wok or frying pan, when hot add the garlic and onions
  5. When onions and garlic are soft, add the carrots and stir for two minutes.
  6. Add the mince beef, beef stock cube (crumbled), salt and black pepper stir all the ingredients until the beef is slightly brown and set aside.
  7. Now we mash the potatoes with butter, milk, and a dash of salt and pepper.
  8. In an oven proof dish, put the half- cooked minced beef, flatten it then add the mashed potato and level the top. You can either brush the top with milk or beaten egg or top it with grated cheese. I used milk and level the mashed potatoes with a fork.
  9. Put it in the oven to cook for 25 to 30 minutes until brownish color on top.
  10. Serve it hot when cooked.

Some useful tips on cottage pie

With this recipe, you can put grated cheese on top of the mashed potatoes 5 minutes, brown it, before taking it out the oven to serve. This is optional. Also if you are trying to lose weight or cut fat, you can omit the butter and the cheese. It is also nice to add some laurel leaves on the minced beef to give it a nicer aroma. Try not to overcook the mince meat as it will turn out like rubber.

Cook separate green vegetables if you like to accompany this meal like beans, broccoli, cabbage, green peas or any vegetable that you like really.

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    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Maureen,it does not really matter how we call it, I just love the taste of it and it is so easy to cook. Thank you for your kind comment and thank you ever so much for commenting every time I write a hub. I appreciate that. Thank you Maj.

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      travmaj 

      3 years ago from australia

      This lovely dish has evolved so much - that we all call it by different names,using lamb or beef or left over meat. Cottage pie or shepherds pie - it's just how we personally see it. You are quite correct.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you, Maureen for the clarification about shepherd's pie and cottage pie. I always get the two mixed up. Thanks again for your comment.

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      travmaj 

      3 years ago from australia

      Things change over time. I guess traditionally shepherds pie should be lamb. However, many years ago in England, in domestic science class, we were taught to cook shepherds pie using minced beef. Cottage pie was the same minced beef recipe but the potatoes covering the mash were sliced and covered with cheese. So Linda, it is still confusing for most of us.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! Ghaelach, thank you for putting my response to Bill right, honestly I live in England for a long time and yet I still get muddled up with the pies. You are right, shepherd's pie is lamb and cottage pie is beef. I don't know, I just cook them and eat them. Thank you for your kind comment.

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      Ghaelach 

      3 years ago

      Morning Liesl.

      Nice little hub, but your thinking got a bit turned around in answering Bill's comment. When you think about it, what does a Sheperd work with. The answer is right there, sheep. Better said "Mutton", but you'll find these days a Sheperds Pie is mostly made with "Lamb."

      That leaves a Cottage Pie with the main ingredience being beef.

      Ghaelach

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Bill, I think it is an English dish. I only learnt how to cook this when I came to England. I get mixed up with shepherd's pie and cottage pie. I think the mince meat used is lamb's meat in cottage pie and beef mince meat in shepherd's pie or the other way around. I can't remember Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I've never even heard of cottage pie. I must live a sheltered life. :) Thanks for the recipe.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! peachpurple, thank you for pointing that out. I am sorry I missed the important ingredient. Thank you once again.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! peachpurple, thank you for pointing that out. I am sorry I missed the important ingredient. Thank you once again.

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      how many potatoes? not stated in the ingredients list

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Thank you Cerez Schwarz for your lovely comment. I do my best to explain what I meant by using photos as well.

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      Ceres Schwarz 

      5 years ago

      This looks like a good recipe for cottage pie. The picture of the cottage pie looks really delicious and your other pictures help to further explain the cooking process so readers can easily make this recipe. And it's good that you even have some tips after the recipe such as for those that are trying to lose weight so they can still enjoy this cottage pie.

    • liesl5858 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bryen 

      5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi! travmaj, thank you for visiting my hubs again, this cottage pie is a dish I learnt to cook here in England and I love it.

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      travmaj 

      5 years ago from australia

      Hello again - thanks for this, I love Cottage Pie - it was a dish I was taught to cook when I was still at school - hmmm many years ago. I still cook it but often add things as you suggest, herbs, cheese, tomatoes.

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