Cottage pie

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Serves: 4

By AnnMumsnet



  • 1 onion finely chopped

  • 8 tbsp milk (for mashing)

  • 450g lean beef mince

  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup

  • 400g chopped tomato

  • 1 beef stock

  • 1 clove garlic crushed

  • 2 tsp margarine or butter

  • 4 medium maris piper or king edward potatoes peeled and cut into small cubes

  • 1 carrot peeled and roughly chopped into small cubes

  • 2 tbsp fresh mixed herbs parsley, sage or 2 tsp dried mixed herbs


<ol> <li>Place prepared potatoes into a large pan.</li> <li>Cover with just enough boiling water to cover and fast simmer with the lid on for about 10–15 minutes until soft.</li> <li>Meanwhile place the beef, onion, garlic and carrot in a cold pan.</li> <li>Place on the heat, 'dry fry' in its own juices and brown for about 4-5 minutes.</li> <li>Add the tomatoes, herbs and ketchup (add a splash of beef stock if a little too thick).</li> <li>Season and bring to the boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid on the pan.</li> <li>Preheat the grill.</li> <li>Drain the potatoes.</li> <li>Add a splash of milk to the potatoes and mash.</li> <li>Place the mince mixture into a shallow dish, top with a thin layer of mash and dot with a little margarine.</li> <li>Place under preheated grill until crisp and golden, about 5-10 minutes.</li> <li>Serve with seasonal green vegetables.</li> </ol>

Additional Information

  • Main Course

  • Autumn

  • Winter

  • Meat

  • Budget

  • Potato

  • Make Ahead

  • beef

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