Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Country Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash :) - Week 4

We had this last night and used the red wine version - if you would prefer not to i would just say miss it out altogether and not add any other liquid in place as there is a lot of liquid in this mix anyway.

Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees once the mince is simmering...

OK, Gather all your ingredients from Mondays shopping list... carrots and onions should be diced small...Heat the oil in a heavy based pan and brown the mince and onions on a medium heat...
Drain off the excess oil and mince fat and return to pan.
Add all of the ingredients EXCEPT the flour at this point and stir well...
Once it is all combined sieve the flour into the mix and again keep stiring - this will stop the flour from forming lumps... leave to simmer for 40minutes. *preheat oven*
While the mince is simmering prepare your potatoes...Gather all the ingredients :)
Boil until they are able to be broken easily with a fork.
I knew i NEEDED one of these mashers! lol Mash with your prefered tool...fork, masher, magic squishy thing!! LOL
Add your onions, seasoning and soft cheese...
Mix until well blended.
Using a slatted spoon fill the bottom of your pie dish with the mince mix.
Place the mash mix ontop of your mince...
...spread and level with a fork.
Add your cheese and again season if you wish.
Bake in the oven for 30mins or until the cheese is browned and crispy around the edges.
Serve and enjoy :D

I didnt add the milk or cream to the potatoes as there was enough soft cheese to make it creamy :)

Let me know what you think :)


  1. Oh my word! Am salivating here! I think this will be our saturday dinner as a reward for sticking to the diet all week! :D Closely followed by MORE lemon cake. Ooh yes. Yum.

  2. looks lush :) will add this to next weeks meals (already done this weeks!) cant wait though xxx

  3. Looks very tempting... I really need to get a new oven soon... the slow cooker just isn't quite the

  4. That looks really good, I might have to try this afterall! Wasn't convinced I wanted to eat it but now... I tend to do better with desserts though, lol!!!

  5. I'm sat here whilst my potatoes boils and mince simmers.. I will pop it in the oven once ive collected the boys from school. I hope mine tastes as good as yours looks :O)

  6. looks awesome...

    the "magic masher thingy" is known as a RICER over here - they use it to turn everything to rice type pellets and nearly everyone has one - perfect for potatoes and fruit :)

  7. Got my fork in my hand trying to snaffle some but have only succeeded in scratching my computer monitor so far! HAHA!


  8. Just knew I should have got the ricer the last time I was in Lakeland........ But I also have my eye on the lovely cake tin in the shape of a huge cupcake!!!!!! Wonder which will be first in list!!!!
    Going to make this delicious looking dish for Friday nights dinner........ thanks for the lovely recipe.

  9. Heehee, I bought my husband a ricer a few years ago from John Lewis. He had seen it on Jamie Oliver and wanted one. We love it here, beautifully soft mashed potatoes with NO lumps.
    Your cottage pie looks dreamy.
    Rachael XX

  10. This as always been a good old stand-by recipe for many years in our famnily - its one of my comfort foods. I always mix in fresh breadcrumbs to the cheese on top, makes a nice crunchy topping.

  11. Hiya hunni Just popped over to see how your doing.
    MMMM That does look yummy and I think I could probably, just about make it all by myself hehehe.
    Come to think of it I'm sure hubby has got one of those ricer thingys in his kitchen gadget cupboard.
    Hope your all well

  12. Ooh, Debbie this looks fab!! Will be trying this for sure - do you think it will freeze ok?

    Sorry have been AWOL from blogland but am back now! I've loved catching up on your beautiful cards, pages and recipes from the past few weeks.

    Hope you and bump are doing well!
    Kate xxx

  13. this looks gorgeous. You might get me cooking yet, lo
    Suzanne x

  14. mmmmm looks delish, makes we want to cook! Perhaps for Sunday lunch this weekend.

  15. I made this for tea last night - it was so delicious we finished up the left overs tonight! I NEED a ricer.

  16. Mine is bubbling away as I type :D I would love to put onion in the mash butt he boys will have enough of a fit about the onion in the meat!
    L x

  17. thank you so much for this delicious recipe debbie, we had this for dinner tonight and we all loved it :)
    popped a note and link on my blog :) x

  18. I made this and it was delicious!!! i do not know how to upload the photos to the face book but its on my blog now


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