Traditional English Cottage Pie With Cheese and Leek Topping

Recipe by French Tart
READY IN: 1hr
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • To make the pie filling:
  • Fry the onions and carrots if using, in the butter or beef dripping until they are soft.
  • Add the minced/chopped beef and cook for about 10 to 20 minutes or until the onion and carrot have browned and the minced beef has taken on some colour and is firm. (It also depends if you are using cooked or raw minced beef.).
  • Season well with salt and pepper, then add the mixed herbs. Stir in the flour, and mix well.
  • Mix the tomato puree and Worcestershire sauce with the stock and add it to the meat mixture, bringing it all to simmering point. Simmer until the stock has reduced by aboout a third, add the peas if using and take off the heat. Set aside whilst you make the topping.
  • To make the topping:
  • Boil the potatoes in slightly salted water then mash them well, adding half of the butter and all of the milk gradually. Season to taste.
  • If using fresh leeks, fry the leeks gently in the remaining butter, until soft and slightly coloured.
  • Stir the cooked leeks into the mashed potato mixture and give it all a good mix.
  • Assemble:
  • Put the meat mixture into a large and deep well greased baking dish and spread the potato mixture on top; then sprinkle with the grated cheese. You can also use 4 - 6 smaller pie dishes if you wish.
  • Put into a pre-heated oven, 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for about 25 to 30 minutes until the topping is crusty, golden and bubbling.
  • Serve with an assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy.
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