Monday 24 October 2022

Cottage Pie

Nothing quite says comfort like Cottage Pie. This recipe is simple and extremely tasty. 

With the colder nights and heating on, there is no dish better to have to warm up your cockles like a big warming bowl of cheesy cottage pie and last week, I got up a little earlier than usual and made this ahead for our dinner, so all I really needed to do after a long day at work, following afterschool club activities I knew that Leanora and I were going to want a heart warming meal the minute we got home. 

I made enough of this scrumptious cottage pie, to bring with me to work the next day and prepped the remaining half for dad too!! Scoring brownie points with dad, my birthday is coming up soon and I've got my eye on a few things, no matter how old I am you always gonna want a pressie from your parents lol! Nothing quite like cheesy meaty bribery an I right ha!


500 grams of beef mince

1 large onion 

2 tbsp tomato purée

1 tbsp plain flour

150ml/5fl oz red wine

4 sprigs fresh thyme

300ml/14fl oz beef stock

100 grams of grated cheddar cheese 

Worcestershire sauce, to taste

salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 potatoes

115g/4oz butter

125ml/4½fl oz milk


Heat some oil in a large heavy-based pan. Add the onion and cook until softened. Once cooked set aside on a plate.

Return the pan to the heat and add the mince and cook until browned all over. Stir in the cooked onion and add the tomato purée and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook for a further minute. Pour in the red wine, scraping up any caramelised bits with a wooden spoon, and add the fresh thyme.

Add the stock and simmer for 45 minutes. Season to taste, and add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and mix until combined and then take off the heat and pour in your cooked mince in to your oven proof pie dish and set aside to cool. 

Preheat the grill to high.

Meanwhile, for the mash, put the potatoes in a pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 12–15 minutes, or until they are tender. Drain and return the potatoes to the pan, then place over the heat for about 1 minute to drive off any excess moisture. Mash well, then add the butter and milk, beating to form a smooth mash. Season to taste.

Spoon the mash over the top. Grill for 8–10 minutes, or until golden-brown.

No how easy was that!  This dish, guaranteed will certainly warm up the coldest of hearts on the chilliest of nights

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