Saturday, April 19, 2008

Cottage Pie

I watched an episode of The 'F' Word once and Gordon Ramsay's guest was arguing with him that she was making a shepherd's pie, when in actual fact she was making a cottage pie. I'm not entirely sure what the difference in ingredients is, but only the fact that when one is made from beef it is called a 'cottage pie' and when made with lamb, it is 'shepherd's pie'.

I've not made this dish in a long time and since I bought some minced beef at a discount, decided to do it. This is naturally one of hubby's favourites because of the potatoes.

I don't have exact measurements but the ingredients I used are as
follows -

1. Minced Beef
2. 3 big potatoes, boiled and mashed with approx. 1/4 cup fresh milk and a knob of butter, seasoned with salt and a mix of black and white pepper
3. Some peas
4. 1 carrot, cubed
5. 1/2 an onion chopped up
6. 1 tomato, chopped
7. Seasonings - cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, oregano
8. Some breadcrumbs to thicken up minced beef mixture
9. I added some grated cheddar to the top (optional). You can use an egg wash

Cook everything together except the mashed potatoes. When beef is cooked, place in a baking dish and top with mash. You can choose to pipe it nicely if you like. Sprinkle some cheese on top and bake till brown. Enjoy!

15 comments:

Big Boys Oven said...

This is gorgeous! lovelllly! hey there is a lot of food happening in Singapore next week, get into some of the action!

beachlover said...

Look interesting and easy...Maybe I should cook for my hubby.Thanks for sharing:)

singairishgirl said...

big boys oven - Thank you. A lot of food happening? Can you elaborate?

beachlover - Very easy to do. Your hubby will love it. And you're welcome.

daphne said...

hey hey! I made this last week too! hehe. Oh dear, the blogging sphere is getting freakish ya? ha. That looks really hearty.

ps- love the pink!

singairishgirl said...

daphne - Hey dear, really? Haha. Know what? Hubby says not nice this template. :(

InspiredMumof2 said...

Thats a nice pie. I love to eat them but hardly have a chance since don't see them easily available in here :-)_

Camemberu said...

Oh I love Gordon Ramsay's cottage pie! I made some too, from his recipe in his Kitchen Heaven book.

Congrats on the new template btw! Looks clean and organised!

singairishgirl said...

inspiredmumof2 - I will make it for you one day. :)

camemberu - Oh your pie look gorgeous. Mine wasn't too golden, I was in a rush to have the patience to wait till all golden. Ah, thanks. Not sure if I will keep this template yet.

Little Corner of Mine said...

Yummy looking pie!

Mochachocolata Rita said...

i lovee savoury pie hehehe i must try this soon!...i love ur new template, sooo cuteeee, absolutely adorable!

Maya Yunos said...

Actually u r rite. Cottage Pie uses minced beef wherelese Shepherds Pie uses minced lamb. I was flipping thru my homec recipes last week and I craved for this! Gonna make it soon i guess. This post was all tht i needed to push my accelerator!!

sohcool said...

Hi,
It looks good. Is there a vegetarian version? What can I replace beef with? Any ideas?
:)

Ling's Passion said...

Yummy looking pie. I love pies topped with potatoes. Will surely give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

singairishgirl said...

little corner of mine - Thanks C.

mochachocolata rita - Hehe, thanks ah but I not keeping the pink template. Was just testing. Oh yes, do the pie, easy peasy.

maya - Haha, glad to be of help. ;)

sohcool - Oh gosh, I have no suggestions for vege pie. Are you vegetarian?

ling's passion - You're welcome. Try it. Hope to see it on your blog. ;)

Sweet Jasmine said...

yeah..son corrected me that the pie i made with beef is actually cottage pie...and i had been calling it shepherd's pie all the while...got some posting on this in my blog...made some for my sis's christmas party. last year...they are my sons favorite food as a child...

Your new tmplate is really sweet...maybe i will change mine too...