Mummy,s cottage pie

The ultimate comfort food has to be cottage pie.

Shepherds pie is made with lamb mince, cottage pie with beef mince so I’m told

This is a great recipe to freeze if there are any leftovers (let it completely cool before freezing. )

Made from scratch is such a healthy wholesome meal.

Use up any carrots or onions left in the bottom of the fridge. ( good on the purse strings too) ,

I just crave food like this on a blustery day…  now “lils” hasn’t been always been a fan but shes come round. (its the mash so I just mix it in well with the mince and she doesn’t even know its in there

a little tip is to let the mince mixture cool for a few mins before topping with potato, that way the potato doesn’t sink into the mince!! ( well doesn’t sink so much, I actually like the mince bubbling over the potato)

a few sprigs of fresh thyme and parsley turns this dish from pub grub to something pretty special


  • 500 g of lean mince beef
  • 4 carrots
  • 2 onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato puree
  • a little splash of worcester sauce
  • a little fresh chopped parsley
  • a few spring of fresh thyme (if you have fresh even better)
  • 2  beef stock cubes  in a half pint of hot water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons of cornflour (with a tiny drop of cold water)

The mash

  • 8 potatoes (Maris piper)
  •  1 tablespoon of butter
  • a quarter pint of milk

Method Serves 4

Preheat oven to 180 c gas Mark 4 (get a deep ovenproof dish, a saucepan for the potatoes and large pan,)
Peel and chop your potatoes and boil in a large saucepan with a lid. ( for around 25 mins until potato are soft)

crush garlic, peel and chop onion and carrot
Put a large pan on a medium heat  with a little oil and brown onion and garlic for around 5 mins

and add the mince and fry until mince is browned breaking it up as you cook it (drain any excess fat)

squeeze in tomato puree and sprinkle in your fresh chopped herbs and add a bay leaf

pour over half a pint of beef stock.

simmer on a low heat for around 15 mins season with salt and pepper

when simmered  Make up a cornflour paste by adding  2 teaspoons of cornflour to a tiny drop of cold water in a cup to thicken the gravy
stir until thickened

(Add to a deep ovenproof dish, and let cool just a little, while you make the mash)

When potatoes are cooked mash really well with a masher. (beat the living daylights out of them)

Add the butter and mix well

stir in the milk and give a final good mash..
Top off the mince mixture with the potato.

With a sprinkle of salt and pepper

Try to get a get a rustic look

bake in the oven for 25 mins !!

6 thoughts on “Mummy,s cottage pie

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  2. That looks like what we call Sheppard’s Pie here! I love this and will be trying your recipe for sure 🙂 Thanks for linking on #foodpornthursdays

    • i would say the same but… shepherds pie is made with lambs mince…. cottage pie is made with minced beef…. its what granny always said… (and Irish granny,s never wrong) he he thanks for taking the time to comment #foodpornthursdays

  3. Hey, I love your recipes, so easy to follow. Was just wondering if I let the mince cool, cook it and freeze leftovers would I not be reheating the meat a second time?

    • hi Paula.. just cool the mince a bit while you cook the potatoes.. (the temperature will be room temp.. it will be fine )

      thanks for your comment x

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