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!


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...

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 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...