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Me Mum's Cottage Pie

Me Mum's Cottage Pie

Yield: Serves 8.


  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced or ½ lb. of baby carrots
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ cup beef stock (oxo cube)
  • 1 ½ cups petite pois  (small peas)
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes, recipe follows


Preheat oven to  400 degrees F.  Add butter and oil to a large skillet on medium heat.  Saute onions, carrots, mushrooms and garlic until tender for about 7 to 10 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Once the vegetables have softened and start to brown a little, add the tomato paste and mix evenly.  Add the ground beef and cook until beef is no longer pink about 10 minutes.  Add the soy sauce and beef stock.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Cook and simmer for another 10 minutes. Mix in peas.  Transfer mixture to an oven-proof baking dish and spread evenly.  Place potato on top of ground beef mixture and spread out evenly.  Once the top surface has been covered, rake through with a  fork so that there are peaks that will brown nicely.  Place the dish into the preheated oven and cook until browned about 20 minutes.  Spoon out the shepherd’s pie and serve.

Mashed Potatoes

  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, quartered
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated mature white cheddar or parmesan
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Fill a large saucepan with cold water and a tablespoon of salt.  Add potatoes to the water and bring to a boil.  Let potatoes cook until soft - about 20 minutes.  Once the potatoes are at a desired density, drain the potatoes and place them back into the saucepan for mashing.  Add butter and cream and begin to mash potatoes into a semi smooth consistency.  Once at desired texture add cheese and mix well.  Season with salt & pepper.

This recipe hails from the San Francisco Bay area, courtesy of The Foodie Chap.  It was the winner of the first Foodie Chap Celebrity Cook-Off, an event that raised five thousand dollars for Food Runners, a charitable organization that relays food to the needy in San Francisco.  To learn more about Foodie Chap, go to www.foodiechap.com