Friday, April 30, 2010

Cottage Pie

I love cottage pie! It is a winter dish so this will probably be the last time I make it for a while. I have terrible allergies this week - and to think Arizona was once a place where one came because it was good for people with allergies! I need some comfort food....

1 tbsp oil
1 large onion chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
560g/1¼ lb beef mince
400g/14oz can tomatoes
290ml/10fl oz beef stock
1 bay leaf
fresh thyme leaves from 1 sprig
2 tbsp tomato purée
salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic
75ml Worcestershire sauce

Mash Potato Topping:
750g/1½ lb potatoes, peeled and chopped
75g/2½oz butter
55ml/2fl oz milk
Grated parmesan.
1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
2. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the onion, garlic and carrot and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes until soft.
3. Add the minced beef and cook for 3 minutes to brown. Drain any excess grease
4. Add the tomatoes, purée, beef stock, bay leaf, worchestershire sauce and thyme.
5. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Season.
6. Make the mash: boil the potatoes until soft. Drain and mash with the butter and milk. season with salt and pepper.
7. Spoon the meat into an ovenproof dish. Top with the mash and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
8.Add the cheese and grill for a few minuites until the cheese melts and forms a crust.


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  1. I can eat cottage pie anytime of year. Love your version. As a person who deals with allergies, I can sympathize. Hope you feel better. Have a great weekend, Louise. Cheers! I see you've done very well with the guest posts. If you ever want me to do it again, just let me know!

  2. Oh, now this is my kind of comfort food. I know what you mean about the allergies.


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