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Individual Cottage Pies Recipe

Individual Cottage Pies

Rating 4-5 out of 5 - Most cooks definitely will make this recipe again

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The Brits have a national fascination with minced meat pies and, when they combined it with mashed potatoes, the Individual Cottage Pie was born. (For a similar dish made with lamb, see Shepherd's Pie). For a slightly spicy version you can add a dash of smoked paprika to the mashed potatoes and finish the topping with cheese.

These cottage pies can be easily frozen uncooked. Thaw the frozen pies slowly in the fridge and just bake them like you would normally. It definitely is a great meal to have on hand in your freezer, because these pies taste even better when you come home tired from a busy day.

      Preparation Time: 20 Minutes

      Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients for Individual Cottage Pies

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to serve 4:
2 lb
1 oz
3 - 4 tablespoons
2 tablespoons
olive oil
1 clove
1½ lb
lean minced beef (ground beef)
1 tablespoon
tomato purée (concentrated tomato paste)
salt and pepper
herb oil
4 sprigs


How to Cook Individual Cottage Pies

  1. Peel, cook and prepare the potatoes according to the simple recipe for Creamed Potatoes
  2. While the potatoes are cooking, peel and crush (mince) the garlic, peel and finely chop the onion, leek and carrot. Heat the olive oil in a pan and add the onion, leek, carrot and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes until just beginning to soften but not colouring.
  3. Stir the minced beef into the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned, breaking up any lumps with the edge of a wooden spoon. Stir in the tomato puree and cook gently for another 10 minutes until completely tender. Season to taste with salt and freshly-ground black pepper.
  4. To serve, place a 3½" (9cm) ring mould on each plate (warm the plates first). Spoon the minced beef mixture into the moulds, then add the mashed potatoes, gently fluffing the top with a fork. Carefully remove the moulds.
  5. Finish off with a drizzle of herb oil, garnish with a sprig of thyme and serve with Peppered Cabbage or simple Fried Mushrooms or even just a spoon full of Baked Beans.

If you don't have any ring moulds, grab an empty plastic bottle (milk, water, cola or whatever) that is about 3"-4" (9cm-10cm) in diameter and cut a section out of the middle about 3" (7.5cm) high. Wash well to remove any residual cola and you'll find this will work fine. With proper food moulds, the moulds are easy to remove because they are stainless steel, and you might have to use a knife round the edge with the "bottle mould", but it will still work.
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Reviews of Individual Cottage Pies

Rating 5 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again January 25 2015
Really good, easy meal. Perfect for leftovers too. But it is the best cottage pie recipe ever.
(6 reviews)
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again September 19 2014
Made these tonight with vegetarian ground round and a mix of frozen peas/carrots/corn/green beans. when boiling the potatoes, i added in a couple of garlic cloves to add more flavor. my husband loved it and wants it to be a new 'go to' dish in our home.
(1 review)
Rating 4 out of 5 - Many cooks will make this recipe again May 13 2014
Made this with onions and peppers in with the meat. Added just random spices to the meat, garlic, Italian seasoning, season salt, pepper, didn't think they added enough spices to it. Also added some Worcestershire sauce to the potatoes when mashing. Really good and kept in fridge and reheated next day, even better!
(1 review)

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