Cottage Pie

(from xombi’s recipe box)

Source: My Life on a Plate

Prep time: 0 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Serves 4 people

Categories: British Classics


  • 1tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 leek, finely diced
  • 450g/1lb minced stewing beef
  • 4 tomatoes, seeds removed and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 275ml/1/2 pt chicken stock
  • 450g/1lb cooked potatoes
  • 75g/3oz butter
  • splash of milk
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. eheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4.

  2. Heat the rapeseed oil gently in a sauté pan, then add the onion, carrot and leek and sweat gently for five minutes without colouring.

  3. Add the minced meat and turn the heat up, then fry until well browned.

  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and garlic and cook for 2 minutes then stir in the mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 30 minutes until the liquid has almost all evaporated.

  5. Season then put into a clean ovenproof dish and allow to cool while you make the mash.

  6. Drain the potatoes well then pass through a potato ricer into a clean pan, add 50g/2oz of the butter, salt and pepper and enough milk to get a smooth pipeable consistency.

  7. Put into a piping bag with a star tube and pipe on top of the meat in swirls or lines, whatever takes your fancy then bake in the oven for 10 minutes.

  8. Melt the remaining butter in a pan, then brush over the pie and return to the oven for 30 minutes until coloured and cooked through.

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