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    JoyfulCook's Note:

    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

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

    • on November 23, 2012


      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

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    • on July 20, 2010


      First time I ever had a Cottage Pie and I can tell you that it won't be the last. Thank you JoyfulCook for sharing this delicious recipe. It was easy to make with excellent results. The flavor of the meat is exceptional, we really enjoyed it. I used a combination of leeks and sweet onion with the meat and green onions in the mashed potatoes. Loved the flavor that the bay leaf adds to the dish. I will be making this again often, into my keeper box, this goes. :)

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    • on November 20, 2013


      I really liked this. At the last minute, just before topping with the mashed potatoes, I added about 3/4 Cup of frozen peas to the meat mixture. Didn't bother to thaw them, figured the warm mixture and the baking would work to heat them just fine (it did). I added some grated cheese to the top of the mashed potatoes and that gave it a very good extra flavor. No fresh mushrooms in the house so I used a small can of sliced mushrooms. I added extra Worcestershire Sauce (1 or 2 tsp. I suppose). Baking in a 350 deg. F oven did not brown it much so I turned it up to 375 for the last ten minutes. Next time, I'll bake it at 400° F for the 25 or 30 minutes cooking time. I liked this from the first bite and I liked it better and better as I continued to eat it. I'll be making this often during the upcoming cold weather. I've no basis for comparison since I've never had Cottage Pie or Shepherd's Pie before, but I really like this! Thanks for posting this.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cottage Pie-Simply the Best

    Serving Size: 1 (343 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 529.6
    Calories from Fat 210
    Total Fat 23.4 g
    Saturated Fat 8.1 g
    Cholesterol 113.9 mg
    Sodium 895.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 38.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.3 g
    Sugars 6.8 g
    Protein 39.7 g

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