If you haven't made many cottage pies before, I would say they always need more potatoes than most recipes say to give a good deep covering. And I have to admit, I prefer it this way. I want to inspire you to create fantastic food for your family every day. He’s pretty well-rounded when it comes to food and cooking. Arrange on top of the ground beef in overlapping layers, a bit like fishscales. Satué the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic for about 3 minutes. Add salt, pepper, a good dollop of butter and double (heavy) cream. Add the Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, paprika and stock and stir. Cottage pie with obscenely buttery mash. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into small cubes (about 1-2 inch cubes works well). This tastes even better with sweet potato mash on top. Place in a preheated oven at 200C/400F for about 20 minutes, until the top is golden brown. **Pro Tip** Spooning it on in blobs will help you get an even coverage and help prevent the meat getting mixed in with the mash when you spread it. Add the cream, butter and remaining salt and pepper and mix together. with Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash Stuffed Sweet Potato These easy-to-prep potato skins are perfect for a bonfire or as an autumnal snack. This is REALLY tasty and yes I did have some fried up for breakfast after we finished shooting the video. Make a cottage pie that your whole family will love, then top it with a creamy, cheesy bacon mash and they’ll love it even more! Sometimes adding one or two extra ingredients makes a huge difference and this is definitely one of those times. Place the potatoes in a pan and cover with cold water. I am a suckered for gravy and make onion gravy with extra freedom fine chopped onion fried to near burnt in oil and a little brown sugar, yum yum. I have made cottage pie with crushed potatoes rather than smooth mash on the top, which is nice for a change. Intentionally shallow to maximise surface area for crispy mash and long, crunchy, bubbly edges. Treat the family to a warming autumn dish with this comforting classic cottage pie. Mash potatoes, lay them on the meat and use a fork to score criss cross all over the top. Pour the filling into a baking dish and spoon dessert-spoonfuls of mash over the top. 900g floury potatoes, peeled and chopped into large chunks, (boiling water plus 2 or 3 stock cubes is fine - use bouillon for gluten free), Add the minced beef and cook until browned – breaking up any pieces as you go. Once the filling is simmering away, you can get on with making the mash. Peel and chop the onions. Layered with beef mince and fluffy, buttery mash, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. This 'skin' is strong enough to support the weight of the mashed potato. I love serving it with some picked red cabbage or beetroot too. Press the remaining mash on to a sheet of greaseproof paper until just bigger than your dish, then flip over the top of the dish, peel off the paper, trim any excess and crimp the edges with a fork to seal. With satisfyingly good-for-you sweet potatoes as the base, the crispy bacon and herby cheese flavours help add even more great taste to this 4 … When Chris and I were first dating (over 15 years ago! Then he placed it between two slices of buttered bread and smothered it with ketchup. Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain in a colander. After 10 minutes, stir in a cornstarch slurry to thicken the sauce, then use a slotted spoon to scoop out the meat and vegetables, leaving the majority of the liquid behind in the pan (don't worry, there'll still be enough gravy in the pie itself if you use a slotted spoon). But that was definitely one of the weirder moments, watching him eat that ketchup covered monstrosity. Heat the gravy in a pan until piping hot. Mix the cornflour (cornstarch) with three tbsp of cold water and stir into the simmering beef mixture to thicken the sauce (you may need to add a little more if you like it thicker). Heat the sunflower oil in a pan and add the onions, celery and garlic and allow to sweat over a low heat until the onions are translucent. Place in oven at 180 degree Celsius for 15 -20 min. Meanwhile, boil the peas in boiling water in a small … Cottage Pie is another dish I learned while living in Britain. Place in a pre-heated oven (190°C / 375°F) for about half an hour until the cheese is melted and the breadcrumbs are crispy. Just use plain mashed potato, but dot with butter before putting it in the oven. A cottage pie is a classic English recipe. Spoon the mashed potato on top of the meat in blobs. Use half and half quantities of potato and sweet potato for the mash. Peel and grate the carrots. The ridges left by the fork in the potato will go nice and crispy when cooked in the oven. Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the ground beef and stir fry until the beef changes colour and becomes 'crumbly', Add the grated carrots and the chopped tomatoes and stir through. Once the meat has browned, add in beef stock. That’s Chris’s weird breakfast portion. Cottage pie is one of our family favorites, but I’ve never thought to separate the gravy from the meat mix, and mine generally gets really sloppy.... I’ll definitely be trying it this way next time!!