Cottage Pie


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What the Hell?

Ground beef and veggies topped with mashed potatoes! What’s not to like? It’s a big plate of meaty comfort food. Substitute ground lamb and you get shepherd’s pie. Seriously, you want this in your mouth. Now.

What the hell should I drink?

Raison D’Etre from Dogfish Head would be wonderful here. Rich and ever so slightly sweet, it’s a yummy brew.

What the hell should I listen to?

ABBA, God and Me by The Meatmen, of course.

Cottage Pie
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
For the potatoes
  • 2.5 lbs. russet potatoes
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 Tbls. salted butter, softened
  • ½ C. grated Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
For the meat filling:
  • 2 Tbls. canola oil
  • 1 C. chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, diced small
  • 1 rib of celery, diced small
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbls. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. tomato paste
  • 1 C. beef broth
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1.5 tsp. dried thyme
  • ½ C. frozen corn
  • ½ C. frozen peas
Instructions
  1. Peel the potatoes and cut into ½-inch dice.
  2. Place in a medium saucepan with the crushed garlic and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with tongs, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Drain the potatoes in a colander and then return to the saucepan.
  4. Mash the potatoes and then add the butter, milk, salt, pepper and Parmesan and continue to mash until smooth.
  5. Cover and set aside
  6. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling.
  1. Place the canola oil into a large saute pan and set over medium high heat.
  2. Add the onion, carrots and celery and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and stir to combine.
  4. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, beef broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly.
  6. Add the corn and peas to the beef mixture and spread evenly into a large baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula.
  7. Place on a foil lined sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown.
  8. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.