A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer:

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

(Recipe)

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

I am a Scotty Brand Blogger – this means every few weeks I receive a lovely package of fresh fruit or vegetables, from spuds to strawberries and raspberries to carrots, I have been lucky enough the receive all of these beautifully fresh, Scottish locally grown produce. With my seasonal boxes I am asked to make a recipe with them; either one of the excellent recipes on Scotty Brand’s website, or one of my own creations. Last week I received six bags of potatoes – Kestrel potatoes - Kestrel potatoes are distinguishable by their beautiful blue-purple eyes and cream-coloured skin, with a long oval shape and smooth texture. Due to their great shape and creamy texture, they are exceptional boilers, bakers or roasters. Whether you roast, boil, wedge or mash them, our potatoes are the perfect addition to any balanced meal, and I decided to mash mine when I made a family favourite and a real winter warmer, my tried and tested recipe for Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash.

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

My Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash recipe contains a little secret – added veggies in the topping and a very Scottish way of serving spuds, swede. Mashed swede and potatoes are called “Clapshot” or “Neeps and Tatties” in Scotland, and I often make a batch to accompany a roast dinner; there are many variations and some recipes contain chives and turnip in place of swede, but, I prefer the taste of swede, as well as the bright cheery colour, so I added swede to my clapshot topping. The final comforting flourish is to add grated mature Cheddar cheese for that extra special topping……

 Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

Cottage pie, like its opposite lamb number, Shepherd’s pie, was the ingenious idea of housewives many years ago, in order to create another warm and comforting meal usually from the Sunday Lunch left-overs. Cooked beef or lamb were diced or shredded and sometimes the vegetables were added to the meat mixture – such as peas or carrots. This recipe uses raw minced beef, but you could use minced cooked beef if you wish, I have added it as an alternative.  Try to use mature Farmhouse Cheddar cheese for the topping – a little goes a long way, as it is so strong in flavour. The cheese is very luxurious, but takes this simple and comforting pie to a higher taste level, in my humble opinion! Serve bubbling hot straight from the oven with steamed cabbage, carrots or any seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy….although we love tinned peas with ours, it’s our guilty little pleasure!

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

My Scotty Brand Kestrel potatoes were brilliant when mashed, and made a light fluffy mash, even with the added steamed swede. I see this recipe being a GREAT meal to have between Christmas and New Year; with all that rich food, this will be a fabulous and homely (and simple) meal to make to feed the hungry hordes. Potatoes, apart from being tasty and filling, are also very nutritious, did you know……

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* A boiled potato has the second highest concentrate of folic acid after bread. Folic acid boosts your immune system, as it supports the production of white blood cells.
* Despite the rumours, potatoes are actually a better source of potassium than bananas. A banana contains roughly 450mg, whereas a baked potato contains 750mg.
* Potassium protects you against heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease. It keeps your muscles strong and reduces tiredness.
* Potatoes contain no cholesterol, so are ideal for lowering high blood pressure.
* One medium potato supplies 30mg vitamin C — that’s nearly as much as in a whole glass of tomato juice.
* There are 93 calories in every 100g potatoes – a GREAT fact for all you 5:2 dieters out there! 

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

A Family Favourite and Winter Warmer: Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

I hope you enjoy my Scottish inspired Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash recipe, I am off to see my sister tomorrow before Christmas, but I will be around to answer all comments as well as offering some new giveaways, sharing some new 5:2 fast day recipes as well as many feasting recipes too! Have a wonderful Advent Sunday, the third one, only one week to go now………see you later, Karen 

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash

Serves 4 to 6
Prep time 30 minutes
Cook time 1 hour
Total time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Allergy Milk
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Child Friendly, Freezable, Pre-preparable, Serve Hot
Occasion Casual Party, Christmas, Formal Party, Halloween, Thanksgiving
Region British
By author Karen S Burns-Booth
Cottage pie, like its opposite lamb number, Shepherd's pie, was the ingenious idea of housewives many years ago, in order to create another warm and comforting meal usually from the Sunday Lunch left-overs! Cooked beef or lamb were diced or shredded and sometimes the vegetables were added to the meat mixture - such as peas or carrots. My cottage pie recipe uses swede with the mashed potato topping for an extra "secret" five-a-day veggie added to the meal!

Ingredients

pie

  • 600g lean ground beef or 600g cooked beef, shredded
  • 2 onions, peeled and diced
  • 25g butter or 25g beef/bacon dripping
  • 1 teaspoon dried herbs or 1 -2 tablespoon fresh mixed herbs, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 250ml beef stock ( OR 250 ml red wine mixed with 2 teaspoons sugar)
  • salt and pepper to taste

topping

  • 1 kg potatoes, peeled and cut into small even sized pieces (I used Scotty Brand Kestrel potatoes)
  • 1 small swede, peeled and cut into small even sized pieces
  • 50g butter
  • 2 - 4 tablespoons milk
  • 100g mature farmhouse cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper to taste

Note

Cottage pie, like its opposite lamb number, Shepherd's pie, was the ingenious idea of housewives many years ago, in order to create another warm and comforting meal usually from the Sunday Lunch left-overs! Cooked beef or lamb were diced or shredded and sometimes the vegetables were added to the meat mixture - such as peas or carrots. My cottage pie recipe uses swede with the mashed potato topping for an extra "secret" five-a-day veggie added to the meal!

Directions

Step 1 To make the pie filling:
Fry the onions in the butter or beef dripping until they are soft.
Add the minced/chopped beef and cook for about 10 to 20 minutes or until the onions have browned and the minced beef has taken on some colour and is firm. (It also depends if you are using cooked or raw minced beef.).
Step 2 Season well with salt and pepper, then add the mixed herbs. Stir in the flour, and mix well.
Mix the tomato purée and Worcestershire sauce with the stock and add it to the meat mixture, bringing it all to simmering point. Simmer until the stock has reduced by about a third, add the peas if using and take off the heat. Set aside whilst you make the topping.
Step 3 To make the topping:
Boil the potatoes and swede in slightly salted water then mash them well, adding half of the butter and all of the milk gradually. Season to taste.
Step 4 Assemble and Bake:
Put the meat mixture into a large and deep well greased baking dish and spread the potato and swede mixture on top; then sprinkle with the grated cheese. You can also use 4 - 6 smaller pie dishes if you wish.
Put into a pre-heated oven, 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for about 25 to 30 minutes until the topping is crusty, golden and bubbling.
Serve with an assortment of fresh seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy.
Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

Traditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash (Recipe)

What is your favourite comfort food recipe?

Comments

  1. MrsNumbles says

    There’s a reason why dishes like these are called “comfort food”. Perfect for a cold winter evening….and how can you go wrong with anything that has potatoes and cheese?

  2. says

    fabulous!… swede is a favourite in this house as it just sweetens up everything, I love that you’re never quite sure about swede until you have that first mouthful and you remember just how damn fine it is… love your pie, it’s a stunner… I would serve this with tinned mushy peas!

  3. Alan C says

    I love cottage pie. Sometimes we put other veg like carrots, peas and sweetcorn in with the mince so that we don’t have to cook it seperately

  4. Sarah Davies says

    I haven’t made cottage pie for a long time, but the combination of seeing your recipe and the snow falling outside has made me want to make it this week.

  5. says

    I’ve never tried adding cheese to the potato but think I will try it next time.
    A good alternative for worcester sauce is Reggae Reggae sauce..just a hint of spicyness!

  6. roma says

    I remember making this for a husband whose wife was in labour, i’d left a note to say this was in the oven, he told me next day it reminded him of his mums cottage pie….. only better, now that was a compliment, always been a favourite in our house, my mum made it, i made for my children and now for my grandchildren….. a really good hearty meal. Love all your recipes have just made your baps!!! fabulous

  7. Lisa Pope says

    This looks so tasty, cottage pie is a familiy favourite here too, I’ll have to try it with a cheesy topping now!

  8. tina edwards says

    mmm looks delicious ive never made it with cheesy mash, i usually use sweet potatoe mash but might give this a try

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