Glam Cottage Pie

Glam Cottage PieGlam cottage pie.  Cottage pie is the perfect comfort food for winter weather and, by adding a few extra ingredients, an ordinary weekday meal can become a bit more special. So here is my version of cottage pie that is really just for grown-ups!         Chop carrots, onions, celery and mushrooms into a medium dice. Peel and chunk the potatoes and put them on to boil for about 10 minutes until tender. Glam Cottage Pie Heat a tablespoon of oil in a large pan and fry gently for about 10 minutes until softened. Glam Cottage Pie Remove the vegetables to a bowl and use the same pan to dry fry the minced beef until browned and broken up. Add the vegetables back to the mince and pour in the red wine and let it reduce for a couple of minutes. Stir in 1 tbsp plain flour and cook for a minute. Next add some beef stock, herbs, tomato purée and Worcester sauce. Add  plenty of ground black pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes until the mince is tender and the sauce has thickened. Transfer to  a large oven-proof dish. Glam Cottage Pie Drain the potatoes and return to the pan with plenty of seasoning, some wholegrain mustard, butter, cheddar cheese and crème fraîche. Mash it all up until well combined.  Glam Cottage Pie Use a spoon to dollop the mixture onto the mince evenly and then  use a fork to fluff up the top. Add some more cheese to the top. Glam Cottage Pie Place in  the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes until the top has browned and then serve with a green vegetable. Roasted brussels sprouts go well with this. Glam Cottage Pie Tell me what you add to your cottage pie...  
Glam Cottage Pie
Serves 4
Cottage pie enriched with red wine and topped with a cheesy, mustard mash.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
  1. 500g pack of lean mince
  2. 2 medium onions, chopped
  3. 2 carrots, quartered length-ways and diced
  4. 2 sticks of celery, diced
  5. 6 mushrooms, sliced and diced
  6. 1 tbsp plain flour
  7. 200ml red wine
  8. 450 ml beef stock
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 tbsp dried herbs such as thyme
  11. 1 tbsp tomato purée
  12. 1 tbsp of Worcester sauce or Balsamic vinegar
  13. 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  14. salt and pepper
For the mash
  1. 8-10 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  2. 1tbsp butter
  3. 2 tbsp crème fraîche
  4. 1-2 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  5. salt and pepper
  6. 50g strong cheddar, grated plus extra for topping
  1. Put the potatoes on to boil for about 10 minutes until tender.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the vegetables until soft. Remove from the pan.
  3. Dry fry the mince and then add the red wine. Let it reduce for a few minutes and then stir in the flour for 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the beef stock, tomato purée, Worcester sauce, herbs and seasoning and simmer for about 20 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  5. Drain the potatoes and mash in the remaining ingredients.
  6. Top the mince with the mash and add some extra grated cheese.
  7. Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes until golden.
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9 thoughts on “Glam Cottage Pie

  1. I confess. I’ve never mad a cottage pie. I have, however, enjoyed it at restaurants far too many times to mention. I really should make it for myself and your recipe is definitely doable. It sure would go nicely on a wintry day — and we’re sure to have a few more of those in the near future. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    1. Thank you. I don’t think I’ve seen it in a restaurant in England for a few years now but it’s definitely a British staple meal that could be really bland. I felt it needed something extra.

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