Meet the Sullivans: English Cottage Pie

November 5, 2010

English Cottage Pie


I made this on Halloween. We watched the Giants win the World Series and later watched the first episode of The Walking Dead. It was really good (the win, the show and the food). Keith went for seconds. 

 Here is what you will need: 
  • 1  tablespoon  all-purpose flour
  • 1  tablespoon  butter, softened
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 1/2  cups  chopped onion
  • 1/2  cup  chopped carrot
  • 1  (8-ounce) package cremini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1  pound  extra-lean ground beef
  • 2  tablespoons  no-salt-added tomato paste
  • 1  cup  fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1/4  teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4  cup  chopped fresh parsley
  • 1  tablespoon  fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 3  cups  leftover mashed potatoes
  • 3/4  cup  (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
  • Paprika (optional) (which I didn't use)

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Combine flour and butter; stir well. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot; sauté 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove vegetables from skillet. Add beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble.

3. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in broth and pepper. Return vegetables to pan, and bring to a simmer. Stir in parsley, thyme, and salt. Add flour mixture, and cook for 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly.

 4. Spoon meat mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly. Combine the potatoes and half of cheese; spread the potato mixture evenly over meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly.


This is great comfort food. It kept well for the next day's lunch as well. I turned the broiler on for the last 2-3 minutes as the recipe suggests. It really made it look delicious.

3 comments:

Miranda said...

Great blog, I just started following. I'm going to try this recipe too, I'm always on the hunt for new things to make.

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A Wedding Story said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing!

smile steady said...

Yum! I love stuff like this when it starts to get cold outside!