Comfy Cottage Pie

By Arlene Marshall (TwinLakesChef) on October 11, 2010

Do you smell the aroma wafting through the house? Meat and Mashed Potatoes . . . How can you go wrong? Here is a dish that can be made with many variations. Historically, Shepherds' Pie (made with lamb) and Cottage Pie (made with beef) were made with leftovers. We can't wait for leftovers so we make it straight up.

Cottage Pie consists of a layer of ground meat topped by a layer of mashed potatoes.  This recipe is simple to follow.  The meat layer is made with ground beef, onion, garlic, seasonings & carrots with a bit of broth.A layer of peas goes on top of the meat mixture and then a layer of mashed or whipped potatoes.

Cottage Pie

 We like our meat mixture to be loose and a bit of a sauce either made by adding beef broth or wine.  When you are ready to assemble it in the casserole dish, you might want to thicken the sauce a bit with 1 or 2 T flour mixed thoroughly with cold water.

Alternatives

Meat:  Left over roast beef, pork, ground pork or beef.

Spices: We use chervil, thyme & sage  You can use curry or rosemary.  Experiment!  A tsp or two of Worcestershire Sauce is a nice addiion as well as a bit of cayenne pepper.

Potatoes:  We use russet potatoes.  You could use red potatoes & make garlic mashed potatoes with the skins on. Why not use half whipped sweet potatoes and half with whipped white potatoes?  Butternut sqaush can be mixed in with mashed potatoes.  We use about 3 lbs. potatoes.

Corn can be layered in to replace the peas.

 Cheese: Knock yourself out; this time we used a mix of Pepperjack and Cheddar.  The amount you choose depends on how well you like cheese.  We prefer to add the cheese toward the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

 Additionally,a thin layer of cornbread could be baked in the bottom of the casserole dish.  Let it cool completely before layering in the meat mixture and potatoes.


 

Here is another variation of Cottage Pie contributed to the Yum Recipe database by threegardeners.
Cottage Pie

2010-09-26/TwinLakesChef/1ff1e2

And here is an excellent Cajun Version: 

Paul Prudhomme's Cajun Cottage Pie with Very Hot Sauce for Beef

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Comments and discussion:
Subject Thread Starter Last Reply Replies
This was good! Zanymuse Oct 17, 2010 6:57 PM 8
I'll Try This Version haighr Oct 14, 2010 6:15 AM 7
Drooling! nap Oct 12, 2010 9:05 PM 3
Yummy! pajonica Oct 12, 2010 4:26 AM 0
Delish gardenersdetective Oct 11, 2010 8:54 PM 1

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