Friday, May 21, 2010

I cooked: Cheesy cottage pie

This classic English dish is made with beef mince, topped with mashed potatoes and cheese. I can see why it's one of Hubby's childhood favorites - Cheesy, rich and flavoursome plus it's really easy to make.


Cheesy cottage pie


Love the cheesy top!



Cheesy cottage pie
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour
Serves 4-5


Ingredients
400g minced beef
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large onion
2 medium carrots
400g can tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato puree
250ml beef stock
1/2 tsp thyme
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Freshly ground salt and pepper
5-6 tbsp of Parmesan cheese

For the mashed potatoes
4 large Russet potatoes
50g butter
1 tbsp milk
Freshly ground salt and pepper


1. Preheat oven to 190°C.

2. In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil and add the onion and carrots and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft.

3. Add the minced beef and cook till browned.

4. Add the tomatoes, tomato puree, thyme, beef stock and Worchestershire sauce.

5. Simmer uncovered for 25-30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

6. Boil the potatoes in salted water for 20 minutes or until soft. Drain and mash (using a potato press) with some butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Spoon the meat into a 24 cm ovenproof dish.

8. Top with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle evenly with Parmesan cheese. Score the top with a fork.

9. Then, bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Serve immediately.



12 comments:

  1. looks great :) can't wait to try out when I reach home with the oven

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  2. fiona: thanks! let me know how it turns out for you :-)

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  3. nice blog & en3 dude..keep it up.. visit mine if free..lets share together ;)

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  4. this is great!! i'm gonna try the recipe!! XD

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  5. suhaisweet: thanks! I've visited your blog..

    theeggyolks: thanks! glad to share..

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  6. so nice~~ i wanna try out...thanks for sharing ya

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  7. Looks delicious... How I wish I had an oven to try this

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  8. they also call it sheppard's pie no? or are they the same thing to begin with?? haha

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  9. tummy rumble: Shepherd's pie is a variation of cottage pie, it uses lamb mince instead of beef. So, its suitable for those who can't take beef!

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  10. vivi: no probs! :-)

    thefood-therapist: since you enjoy cooking, an oven is a really good investment! it lets u experiment with lots of Western food!

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  11. Nice, this and sheperd's pie always reminds me of my days in Oz, coz the aunties always make these on the weekends. Nostalgia. Think its time i make some.

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    1. It reminds Hubby of home, so I make this for him once in a while. :) Kiddies love the flavoursome mince too.

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