Happy April!! By request 🙂 I have a cottage pie recipe for you today – an old English classic, and perfect for Easter weekend!!

Interestingly, a cottage pie is with beef, but the same recipe with lamb is shepherd’s pie! So if you’d prefer to make a shepherd’s pie for Easter, you can follow the same recipe!

The beauty of this dish is that veggie wise, you can add pretty much anything you have in the fridge! I’m doing the recipe the way I have done it before, but feel free to improvise! Making and baking will take about 1 hour.

**Apparently I didn’t take any pictures of this, so I’ll do it when I make it this week and add them in for you! Oops!!**

What you’ll need to make a dish for 3/4 people:

  •          3 medium/large potatoes, quartered
  •          Milk and butter to taste
  •          Mince meat
  •          1 large chopped brown onion
  •         4 large carrots, chopped
  •          1 can of green beans
  •          1 clove garlic, chopped finely
  •          1 pint of beef stock
  •          1 tbsp all purpose flour
  •          1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  •          A touch of red wine if you have some open (I know I usually do! ;D )
  1.  Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees C/395 degrees F. First, we’ll make the mash. Boil the potatoes until soft, then drain. Mash the potatoes, then add milk and butter to taste.
  1.   In a large, deep pan, fry the onion, and carrot for 5 minutes, or until soft. For the last minute, add garlic. Put in the beef with one quarter of the stock, and cook, stirring constantly until the meat is browned. Add the remaining stock with the green beans and the red wine, season with salt and pepper and leave covered to cook for 10 minutes.
  1.   3.  Put the flour into the pan, and stir until it has evenly dissolved and sauce has thickened slightly (approx. 5 minutes)
  1.    4.   Place the mixture into an ovenproof dish (mine is 7’’ x 5’’ I believe) and cover with the mashed potato. Sprinkle cheese on the top, and bake for 30 – 35 minutes until the top is brown and crisp. Serve hot.

So there you have it! Simple, delicious, hearty, and you can make it as healthy as you want with more veggies!! And some say it tastes even better as leftovers, so it’s a great mid-week dish.

Please let me know how yours turned out, and I’ll post a picture of yours on this blog!

Bon appétit,

 

 

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