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Easy English Cottage Pie

Updated on July 20, 2012
Finished Cottage Pie
Finished Cottage Pie

A Simple Dish to Fill Your Tummy

Cottage pie, or shepherd's pie, is a dish that was meant for the poor laborers in the field who dwelt in... well cottages. The reason being is that instead of an actual dough for the crust of this 'pie', mashed potatoes were used. Potato, being a very cheap and affordable crop at the time, was often associated with those who were poor. Not to mention, the traditional recipe also calls for any type of leftover roasted meat. Nevertheless, despite it's humble beginnings, cottage pie still continues to fill stomachs throughout the centuries and manages to be a deliciously satisfying meal for one's palate (and one's wallet).

Diced potatoes
Diced potatoes
Chopped veggies
Chopped veggies
Fork-tender Potatoes
Fork-tender Potatoes
Mashed potatoes!
Mashed potatoes!
Minced meat and vegetables
Minced meat and vegetables
Browned meat
Browned meat
Herbs and tomatoes added
Herbs and tomatoes added
Tomato sauce joins the party
Tomato sauce joins the party
Sauce reduces in size
Sauce reduces in size
Minced meat sauce in baking dish.
Minced meat sauce in baking dish.
Mashed potato crust on top
Mashed potato crust on top
Cheese added on top.  Pre baked version.
Cheese added on top. Pre baked version.

Ingredients

  • 5 potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 500g meat, minced
  • 300g tomato sauce
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced (optional)
  • 8 tbsp milk
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 40g hard cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp oregano
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. First, place cubed potatoes in a pot of boiling water. Let it cook for roughly 10-15 min, or until the potatoes are fork tender and soft.
  2. Drain the potatoes. Remove from heat. Add milk, butter, and salt. Mash until it is the desired consistency.
  3. Meanwhile, get out a saucepan. Add minced meat, onions, and carrots to the pan. Do not add oil. Allow the ingredients to cook in its own juices for roughly 5 minutes.
  4. Once the meat is browned, add tomatoes and herbs. Once the tomatoes break down, then add the tomato sauce. Let it simmer for 10 minutes on low setting.
  5. Pour the meat mixture into a baking dish. Then smother the top of the mixture with the mashed potatoes, creating an external crust.
  6. Sprinkle cheese on top of the the potato crust and bake for 15 minutes. Serve warm and bon appetit!

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: 4 people
5 stars from 1 rating of Potato Recipe

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    onthegrind 

    6 years ago from Florida, United States

    I love cottage pie. Looks like a good, hearty, and easy recipe. Great hub with good pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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