Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie

November 11, 2020



  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary , chopped (or ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas

Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 5/24 pounds potatoes , Yukon gold or russet potatoes
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme , chopped (or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground sausage (I use Jimmy Dean pork sausage)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion , chopped
  • 2 ribs celery , chopped
  • 1 carrots , chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup white flour
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese , for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Make mashed potatoes: Add potatoes to a saucepan with 3 inches of water. Cover and bring to a boil. Cook until fork tender, about 12-15 minutes.
  3. Drain the water and leave the potatoes in the pot. Cover with the lid and allow to steam for a few minutes.
  4. Mash the potatoes lightly with a potato masher (avoid over-mixing the potatoes). Add butter, sour cream, milk, parmesan cheese and salt and pepper and stir just until smooth. Set aside.
  5. Make the meat filling: In a large, oven-safe* 12 inch skillet with sides, add the ground beef and ground sausage (or ground lamb, to make shepherd\'s pie). Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cook over medium heat until browned, breaking the meat into small pieces with a wooden spoon as it cooks. Drain some of the grease (reserving some in the pan) and remove meat to a plate.
  7. Add the onion, celery and carrots to the pan and saute for about 5-8 minutes, until tender. Add garlic and flour and toss to combine. Cook for 1 minute.
  8. Add the beef broth, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, herbs and bay leaves and stir to combine.
  9. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Taste and add extra seasonings, if needed. Remove bay leaves and stir in frozen peas, corn and cooked meat.
  10. Assemble the pie: Spoon the mashed potatoes over the meat mixture to completely cover the top. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
  11. Bake for about 30 minutes, until golden and bubbling. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving, to allow the gravy sauce in the meat mixture to cool and thicken.

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