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Cottage Pie
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Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

This is the ’Dog’s Bollocks’ (which means "The Best" in British slang). Make it once and you’ll be converted into a British food lover forever. It’s the ultimate comfort food and an easy family meal pleaser. And, this dish is originally from Ireland, making it is perfect to feed a big hungry mob for St. Pat’s Day, to soak up that Guinness! Serves 6


  • 2 lbs potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 300
  2. Boil a large pot of salted water add potatoes and cook until tender, drain, mash and then stir in 4 tablespoons of the butter and 1 cup of the cheese, set aside
  3. Cook ground beef in a large pan until just cooked through - remove to a bowl
  4. Using the same pan, heat oil and add onion and carrots - cook until just softened, 5-7 minutes
  5. Stir in flour and remaining butter, mix well to form a thick kinda paste & cook for 2 minutes more then add the tomato paste, beef broth, parsley, cooked vegetables, ground beef & season with salt and black pepper to taste - be sure to mix well
  6. Grease a large 9’’ x 12’’ oven proof dish, add the ground beef mixture and top with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle with remaining cheese
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.