Gran’s classic cottage pie

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Gran’s classic cottage pie

We all have that one family favourite recipe that has been passed down for generations and is still enjoyed today. For Abigail Donnelly, it’s the classic cottage pie. Here she shares her gran’s recipe for this belly-warming favourite.

We all have our own versions but this is my family one that my gran made. My mom still makes it, I make it and my sons will too!

Classic cottage pie

Serves 6 to 8

oil 2 T
beef mince 1 kg
onion 1, diced
celery 3 stalks, thinly sliced
carrots 2, diced
garlic 4 cloves, chopped
flour 2 T
Worcestershire sauce 4 T
good-quality beef stock 2 cups
bay leaves 2
dried thyme or oregano 1 t
tomato paste 1 T
potatoes 1 kg, mashed
Cheddar cheese 100 g, grated
butter 3 T
nutmeg 1/2 t
salt and white pepper, to taste

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C. Heat the oil in a large pan. Add the beef and cook until golden brown and any liquid has evaporated. Add the vegetables and cook for a few minutes, then sprinkle with flour.
2 Add the Worcestershire sauce, stock, herbs and tomato paste. Bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. If you need to add some water.
3 Mix the cheese with the mashed potatoes, butter and nutmeg and season to taste. Place the meat into an ovenproof dish – I cook it in a cast-iron pan that I cook the meat mixture in. Spread the mashed potato over the meat and sprinkle over some nutmeg.
4 Roughen up the surface a bit using a fork so that the tips go crispy in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown and the meat sauce is bubbling. It’s family tradition to serve it with frozen peas!

Looking for more nostalgic recipes? Try Abi’s mom’s classic beef stroganoff or her gran’s classic custard cookies.

Abigail Donnelly Article by: Abigail Donnelly

Nothing excites Woolworths TASTE's Food Director quite as much as the challenge of dreaming up recipes with innovative new foods – or the thrill of creating deliciousness on a plate with the humblest of ingredients. With Abi by your side, you’ll be a cooking expert in no time at all.

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