My Cheeky Cottage Pie proves you don't need a Shepherd to enjoy this British Favorite.

Most of you are fairly familiar with the well known Shepherd's Pie...but, get this, did you know that Cottage Pie was the first version of this mince meat & potato pan pie of comfort?  Yep, potatoes weren't even brought into England until the 15th century and then in the late 1700's a cottage pie recipe was first recorded.  When I read this while doing some food research I was surprised & pleased.  I tend to know a lot of useless information, so this little food fact was a gem, and since I've been making cottage pies for years, it made me very happy to hear I was honoring the original classic unknowingly.  So here's to cottage pie, enjoy!

Cottage Pie

1 lb Ground Beef
1 Onion
1 Tsp Thyme, Garlic Powder, Parsley
Dash Cayenne
2 Tbs Tomato Paste
1 Tbs Flour
2 Cups Corn
4 Large Potatoes
1 Stick Butter
1 Cup Milk
1 Cup Cheese
Salt & Pepper

Peel and cut your potatoes, throw them in some cold water & bring them to a boil.

While the potatoes are boiling, preheat your oven to 400 and get started on your filling.  Brown the onions first in 1 Tbs of butter with a little salt & pepper.  After they are soft, add in your ground beef and break up the meat.  Now you can add the seasonings and cook through.  Once browned add the tomato paste and flour, then cook for another 2-3 minutes.  Check your seasonings, then be sure to add salt & pepper before putting your pie together.

When the potatoes are done, drain them and get ready to mash.  Add in the rest of your butter and milk before mashing or whipping your potatoes.  Give them a taste, salt & pepper? Of course.  Now that your potatoes are mashed, let's make a cottage pie.

Use large pie pan or small baking dish and start by putting the ground beef concoction in the dish.  Then layer your corn, top with mashed potatoes & sprinkle the cheese.  Bake at 400 for about 20-30 minutes, remove from the oven, and for best sure to let the cottage pie rest for at least 10-20 minutes, it will serve much better & your filling won't fall apart so badly.  Hope that you try this one, it's so simple and super comforting!  Now it's time to eat!


  1. I know for a fact this is a delicious meal! Thanks for posting, def bookmarking to make for the bf.

  2. This is fabulous. Thought I'd pop by while I had some free time and follow you blog. Hope your having a wonderful day!


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