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Cottage Pie – or Shepherd’s Pie

Cuisine: British
Region: Common

Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie is a traditional British classic dish warming hearts and bellies. 🙂 Enjoy!

Serves: 4
Cooking time: approx. 90 min
You need: a measuring jug, a potato masher, a big bowl, an oven pan, two pots and a strainer


  • 500g (2 Lbs) lean minced beef.
  • 1 beef stock cube.
  • 500ml warm water (to dilute the beef stock).
  • 2 carrots.
  • 1 big onion.
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste.
  • 6 potatoes (about 1Kg or 2 Lbs)
  • 2 Tsp corn flour.
  • 5 Tbsp milk.
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Wash and peel the carrots, then cut them in rounds.
  2. Peel the onion and cut it in cubes.
  3. Add 500ml of warm water in a measuring jug and dilute the beef stock cube in it.
  4. Peel the potatoes, wash them very well and cut them in 4 equal parts.


  1. Take a pot, put it on the stove and turn the fire on, high.
  2. Put the minced beef in the pot and saute, stirring well, for about 10 minutes or until it turns brown.
  3. Add the onion.
  4. Add the carrots.
  5. Add the tomato paste.
  6. Add the diluted beef stock.
  7. Stir well, reduce the temperature to medium, put the lid on half open and let it simmer for 30 minutes. When done, turn the fire off.
  8. Turn the oven on to 200C (390F) to preheat.
  9. Fill another pot with water, put it on the stove and turn the fire on to high.
  10. Add the potatoes to the pot, close the lid and boil for about 20 minutes or until they are soft.
  11. Turn the fire off, and empty the potatoes into the strainer.
  12. Dissolve the corn flour in about 10ml of warm water.
  13. Put the potatoes in a bowl and mash them, while slowly pouring in the milk.
  14. Add the corn flour to the milk and potato mix.
  15. Keep mashing until it turns to a smooth puree. It shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes.
  16. Time for the oven pan. (Make sure it’s clean, eh?)
  17. Lay the minced meat evenly on the bottom of the oven pan.
  18. Lay the potato puree on top of the minced meat, spreading it evenly with a fork.
  19. Put the pan in the oven and cook for 20 minutes.
  20. (Don’t forget to turn the oven off, when it’s done.)

Notes Cottage Pie – or Shepherd’s Pie

  • Regarding the type of milk: low fat, full fat, cow, sheep or goat milk… the choice is yours.
  • Enjoy!

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