Recipe For Cottage Pie

Head straight on to the recipe for Cottage Pie ♥

The term cottage pie first appeared in 1791. This dish was made using any left over meat and the ‘new’ vegetable, potatoes. This was an affordable dish for poorer people to eat, and the term cottage refers to their dwellings. Originally the dish was lined with mashed potatoes as well. 

Cottage Pie
Cottage Pie

The other day I was sitting quietly, minding my own business in the VIP lounge at Killarney. Usually I am left to my own devices and I can read a book in between the racing, or watch TV if there is decent sport on. While watching the Superbikes an elderly gentleman came over to chat to me, and told me how obsessed he had been with motor sport when he was younger. He did track racing, rallying and drag racing from 1966 to 1978. I asked him what made him stop racing as he had been so invested in the sport, and his reply was “I got married”. I am so lucky that I did not have to give up my motor sport involvement when I married Dave. We met because of racing and it is something we enjoy doing together.

Today’s inspiration ♥ cottage pie ♥ can be found on Lavender and Lime Click To Tweet

Since I started blogging in 2009, cooking has become another thing that brings us together. I very seldom cook alone and when I do it is usually because I am road testing a recipe for the blog. I was sent recipe cards by Van Loveren and was really inspired to make the cottage pie. I made a super huge portion of it so that Dave and I could share it for more than one meal. When we return from Killarney I like to have something already made as we get home late and I don’t feel like cooking from scratch after a day out. Cottage pie fits the bill perfectly as you can get it all ready to go the day before and just take it out of the fridge and pop it into the oven when you are nearly ready to eat.

Cottage Pie Ready For The Oven
Cottage Pie Ready For The Oven


5.0 from 2 reviews
Cottage Pie
 
This is one of those dishes that can be made in advance and just finished off in the oven when you are ready for dinner
All Rights Reserved:
Ingredients
for the mince
  • 15mls olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 500g ground beef
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 40g tomato paste
  • 5mls Worcestershire sauce
  • 400g tin tomatoes
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 250mls red wine
  • 100g frozen peas
for the mash
  • 4 large potatoes, quartered
  • 50g butter
  • Salt to season
Method
for the mince
  1. Place the oil into a large pot and heat over a medium to high temperature
  2. Add the onion and sauté until soft, reducing the heat to prevent the onion colouring
  3. Add the garlic and sauté for a further 5 minutes
  4. Add the beef a bit at a time and brown
  5. Season to taste and then add the tomato paste and Worcestershire sauce
  6. Stir to combine before adding the tin tomatoes
  7. Break the tomatoes up using a wooden spoon before adding the carrots
  8. Stir to combine and then add the red wine
  9. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat and simmer until the carrots are nearly soft
  10. Add the peas and cook until they have completely defrosted
  11. Adjust the seasoning and set aside to cool
for the mash
  1. Cook your potatoes until you can get a knife through them. I prefer to steam mine
  2. Make sure they are completely dried before pushing them through a ricer, or mashing by hand
  3. Add the butter and mix in using a fork until the butter has melted
  4. Add a generous amount of salt to season
for the cottage pie
  1. Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  2. Place the mince into an ovenproof dish
  3. Place the mash into a piping bag and pipe the mash on top of the mince *
  4. Bake for 40 minutes until the potatoes are crispy and have some colour
My Notes
* you don't have to do it this way but it does look prettier
Recipe Information
Serves / Makes: 4

Click on the links for conversions and notes.

Left Over Cottage Pie
Left Over Cottage Pie

What I blogged July 7:

Lavender and Lime Signature
Top of Page

Rating: 5.0. From 1 vote.
Please wait...

40 thoughts on “Recipe For Cottage Pie

  1. I like your recipes can u please send me more. I already tried the cottage pie it was perfect. Thanks.

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. My pleasure. You can use the search function for more recipes 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  2. I wish my family would love cottage pie as much as I do. It was one of my mom’s go to recipes for dinner. I miss not having it. PS You pipe your mashed potatoes? I am tres impressed!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thanks Sam 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  3. This is a fantastic comfort food recipe and looks delicious Tandy. Great in this chilly weather.

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thanks Ev 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  4. I love a good make-ahead meal, and this recipe is similar to the way I make cottage pie at home. The way you have done the mash looks great, I must try that!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thanks Teresa 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  5. Such a great classic recipe, looks so yummy

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thanks Sophia 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  6. I love cottage pie with all of the vegetables-it seems closer to a complete meal than just meat pies which we get a lot of here! 🙂
    Lorraine @Not Quite Nigella sharing the blog ♥ Winter Warmer: Red Curry Coconut Chicken SoupMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I agree 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  7. Not fan for a cottage pie but for this i make an exception, very delicious! 🙂
    Eloise sharing the blog ♥ Be Someone’s SunshineMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thank you Eloise 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  8. I absolutely love cottage pie! I was super excited when you posted this recipe!
    It’s just a classic! 😀
    Definitely sharing on my pages as well! 😀

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thank you Krysten 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  9. This is a dish from the past…cottage pie. Great pictures and very pretty. Like the idea of having it already made 🙂
    Rosemary sharing the blog ♥ 5 Reasons Why You Want To Stay With Locals On Your TravelsMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. It helps me a lot to have things ready prepared 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  10. A great favourite here too. Wait till I get my kitchen. 🙂
    Sylvia sharing the blog ♥ Floral Friday Fotos: Sunny OrchidMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I am sure you cannot wait!

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  11. A real staple and so good. But we make Paté Chinois here, similar to sheppard’s pie but different. That discussion here can start a cultural war lol. But great recipe.

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I am going to have to research Paté Chinois 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  12. A good old fashioned favourite!

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. For sure 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  13. I haven’t had cottage pie in ages, such a classic! Thanks for the reminder and the recipe Tandy 🙂

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. My pleasure Jem 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  14. Hmmmmm, I think I eat this but it’s called shepherds pie!? not sure. But it’s a dish I’m always hoping someone will make and magically drop off at my house for dinner. Delish.

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I would if I lived closer Laura! Shepard’s pie is made with lamb 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  15. I love cottage pie! And your presentation is very pretty with the piped mashed potatoes 🙂
    Sarah sharing the blog ♥ Cod with White Beans en PapilloteMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thank you Sarah 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  16. Hi Angie, gorgeous, gorgeous looking pie. Red wine sounds like the perfect addition to this pie!!!
    Anu – My Ginger Garlic Kitchen sharing the blog ♥ Oats Orange Eggless Muffins 3 Ways | Video RecipeMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Not sure who Angie is Anu, but thanks for the comment!

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  17. Hi Tandy, it is so nice that you and your husband have so much in common. My husband and I love to hike. This cottage pie looks delicious!!!
    cheri sharing the blog ♥ Food with Friends: The Art of Simple GatheringsMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I love that you go on so many amazing hikes together 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  18. You know Tandy, I never think about eating this except in England. I think my kids would love it and I will give it a go.
    Tammy sharing the blog ♥ Spiralizing and the Sharing EconomyMy Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. I hope they love it Tammy 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  19. I love cottage pie and shepherd’s pie and that’s some very impressive potato piping on top!
    Chica Andaluza sharing the blog ♥ ¡Buenos días! Good morning from Up the Mountain!My Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. Thank you Tanya 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...
  20. I haven’t had cottage pie in ages. Yours is a lot prettier than mine, with the piped florets.
    Fiona @TIFFIN bite sized food adventures sharing the blog ♥ NAIDOC Week 2016My Profile

    No votes yet.
    Please wait...
    1. That was only for the photos Fiona 🙂

      No votes yet.
      Please wait...

I would love to hear from you ♥

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Show some recipe ♥:  

CommentLuv badge