Cottage Pie with a difference

"This is an English Cottage Pie, but with a big difference. All my friends who have tried it say they love it."
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Ready In:
1hr 30mins




  • The filling: Finely chop the onions and garlic and gently fry until transparent in the olive oil.
  • (approx 3 minutes) Cube the carrots and put those into the pan with the onions and the garlic, cook for another 2 or so minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients.
  • If too dry add a little water.
  • When cooked put into a ovenproof casserole.
  • The topping: Boil the potatoes until cooked.
  • Mash them adding the milk and half of the butter.
  • Add the grated cheese and mix well.
  • Put the mash mix on top of the filling.
  • You may wish to sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top of this.
  • Slice the tomatoes and place on top of the topping, putting a knob of butter on each tomato.
  • Bake in a moderate oven for 40- 50 minutes, until the tomatoes are cooked, and the top is brown and slightly crispy.

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  1. MarraMamba
    Delicious,.The cheese in the topping makes it great. Only change I made was to add some Worcestershire sauce
  2. Liara
    Very nice, we especially liked the topping. Thanks.
  3. mollypaul
    A really nice dinner casserole! I was worried that the meat melange might be a little on the dry side, so added water as suggested. Shouldn't have... The flavor was everything it should be and we'll be making it again.
  4. Iluv2cook59
    Awesome!! Simplicity and outstanding taste!! The only addition was 6 cloves garlic (remember we are "garlic fans") and 1 cup of fresh button mushrooms! Thank you so much for sharing!! 5 thumbs up!!
  5. HesterX
    There was a restaurant that I would frequent soley for their shepards pie...this is even better! Everyone had seconds and it is now a must have. Hats off to you!


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