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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

    theeggyolks: thanks! glad to share..

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

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

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

  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!

  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!

  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.

    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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