Cottage Pie-Simply the Best

READY IN: 1hr 50mins
Recipe by JoyfulCook

Now this is REAL comfort food - its Simple to make and tastes wonderful and if necessary you can stretch it that bit further with more vegetables in the filling

Top Review by pammyowl

Simply luscious! I can't wait to try it as written, but had leftover turkey and mashed potatoes so made a few changes. I used turkey broth, carrots, onions, celery and peas. I made the broth with a bay leaf, and I did thicken it with flour and lots of turkey chunks. Also, I added an egg to the leftover mashed potatoes, my mom always did that, so I do too. Thanks, Joy for letting me play with your recipe! Made for Make my Recipe Reunion, 2012

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan; add the diced onion, carrot, garlic and mushrooms, stirring constantly for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add beef to pan and cook stirring with a fork until sealed and brown.
  3. Add the stock, bay leaf, tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer gently for an hour, reducing liquid and thicken if necessary. Place in ovenproof pie dish and allow to cool.
  5. Cook potato, with the 1 diced onion. When cooked, mash the potato, adding the milk, parsley, pepper and salt to taste.
  6. Spread the mash evenly over the meat.
  7. Place in hot (200c) oven for approximately 30-35 minutes until golden brown.
  8. Serve with other cooked vegetables.
  9. Note: for a nice variation, you can add some grated cheese to the mash, stir in well and proceed as usual.

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