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Auntie Brenda's simple cottage pie recipe

Updated on October 27, 2011

PREPARATION TIME 30 Mins Cooking time 40 Mins overall

INGREDIENTS 500g minced beef, 3 potatoes

Optional : 1 onion, carrot, grated cheese, 1 tomato

Serves 3/4

METHOD

Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan. Add 500g of minced beef (add 1 chopped onion and / or 1 chopped carrot if desired) and fry until the mince is browned. Meanwhile boil 3 medium size potatoes in salted water. Empty the minced beef and and onion into a piedish, draining off any excess fat. Mash the potatoes and add grated cheese if desired and pile on top of the mince, making a pattern with a fork. (Optional - slice a tomato and arrange neatly on top of the potato.) Put the dish into an oven pre-heated to 200C / gas mark 6 and cook for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Shepherds pie is the same recipe but using minced lamb instead of beef.

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    • Dorian Bodnariuc profile image

      Dorian Bodnariuc 6 years ago from Kanata, Ontario, Canada

      Simple recipes, that's what makes us stay healthy.

      From time to time, though we need some change.

    • I Am Rosa profile image

      Rosa Marchisella 6 years ago from Canada

      Nice and simple! I tend to get more "fancy" myself with onion, corn and a corn starch/water mix to create gravy when baking. BTW - nice note to include about the difference between Cottage and Shepherd's pie. That distinction seems to get lost in North America. And, welcome to Hub Pages!!