Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie has always been a favourite in our house. I can’t resist a plate of piping hot cottage pie complete with crispy bits around the edge of the dish where the potato sticks to it. Sometimes it has grated cheese on it but my cottage pies always have a dash of Worcester Sauce and plenty of herbs inside. Never a boring, bland meal in our house!

Last Sunday we had cottage pie instead of a roast dinner. Sometimes we do this for a change. My mum was visiting for my hubby’s birthday and I knew cottage pie is something she always likes. I’ve lost count of how many times she has eaten my cottage pies and vice versa.

I used Tesco Organic Minced Beef and dry fried it with onions and carrots. I also boiled some potatoes to make the mash topping at the same time.

When the minced beef mixture was cooking, I then added some beef stock, a tin of chopped tomatoes, some mixed herbs, salt and pepper as well as a splash of Worcestershire sauce. I let it simmer away for about 30 minutes.

The mash was ready before the meat so I drained the potatoes and added some butter and a little milk to mash them.

When the meat was ready I got out a Pyrex dish. The meat was spooned in and then the mash went on top. Unfortunately the meat nearly went up to the top of the dish and it was difficult to spread the potato on top without the sauce leaking out from underneath.

To avoid leaking I always put ovenproof dishes of cottage pies, etc on a baking tray when they’re in the oven.

The cottage pie went into the oven for 30 minutes to crisp up and I chose to serve them with French beans and sweet corn as well as a huge jug of onion gravy.

Perfect! My cottage pies usually serve six but everyone had seconds. Nothing left for another day this time.

Have a great evening!

Love Sam xx

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