The best cottage pie

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Serves: 4

By Cam

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  • 1 medium onion chopped

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 splash milk (for mashing potatoes)

  • 1 pinch flour

  • 1 pint vegetable stock (enough to cover the meat)

  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup

  • 500g minced beef (very lean)

  • 2-3 cloves garlic chopped

  • 1 fresh bay leaf

  • 8 large potatoes

  • 3 carrot chopped

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 handful mature cheddar cheese grated


  1. Sweat the carrots, onion and garlic with the bay leaf in the olive oil in a saucepan over a low heat.
  2. In a separate saucepan, simmer the minced beef (in its own fat), again on a low heat.
  3. When the meat is thoroughly cooked, add it to the vegetable mixture and stir in a light dusting of flour.
  4. Add a very good dollop of tomato ketchup, stir in. Then add enough stock to create a very moist mixture.
  5. Allow to simmer in the lidded pan for the length of time it takes to boil the peeled potatoes.
  6. When the potatoes are very soft, drain and mash with a good amount of butter and black pepper.
  7. Beat in a dash of milk until creamy but firm. Place the meat mixture into a casserole dish, cover with mashed potato, forking the top to make ridges.
  8. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top and place in hot oven for about 20 minutes to brown.

Handy Hint

Serve with green vegetables - and better when everything is organic!

Additional Information

  • beef

  • Potato

  • Main Course

  • Nut Free

  • Egg Free

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  • LizzieGreens 14/02/13 19:16

    Yummy!!! Thanks

  • katrinao 31/03/09 10:09

    My family loves this, I wouldn't have though of adding the ketchup but it works a treat!

  • Cam 07/03/08 09:00

    This a real winter dish. It is worth using the best ingredients you can afford, particularly with regard to the meat as it really can lift a fairly basic idea to a delicious taste. Never forget the tomato ketchup, no-one will know you have used it but it really is the magic ingredient in this dish!