I've tried different versions of cottage pie and this is definitely a family favorite.
|Ready In||1 h 50 min|
|Level of Difficulty||Easy|
Meat1 tablespoon of olive oil2 onions, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, finely chopped2 lbs of ground veal (or lean beef)2 carrots, minced1⁄2 red pepper, minced1⁄2 celery rib, minced1⁄2 teaspoon of paprika1 teaspoon of garlic powder1 teaspoon of salt (or to taste)3 or 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauceGround pepper (to taste)3 tablespoons of flour (or more if needed)1 cup of stock (chicken or beef)1⁄2 cup of red wineMashed Potatoes8 cups of potatoes, diced (I use 5 large russet potatoes)2 tablespoons of butter1⁄4 cup of milk (or cream)Salt and pepper (to taste)Vegetables1 (12 ounce) can of corn niblets1 (14 ounce) can of peas Get Portuguese ingredients
- Preheat the oven to 180°C or 350°F.
- Heat the oil in large frying pan and saute the onions until softened, then add the garlic and heat for 2 minutes.
- Raise the heat, add the ground beef and cook quickly to brown, stirring occasionally.
- Once browned, add the carrots, celery, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, worchestershire sauce, salt & pepper and cook several minutes.
- Stir in the flour, then add the stock and wine and heat until simmering and thickened.
- Transfer the meat to a large casserole dish and cook in the oven for about 1 hour.
- Check the consistency from time to time and add a little more stock or wine if required.
- The meat mixture should be quite thick but not dry.
- Taste and season with more salt and pepper if required.
- While meat is cooking, make the mashed potatoes.
- Cook the peeled potatoes in salted water for approximately 15 - 20 min or until tender.
- Drain well and mash with a potato masher until smooth.
- Add the butter and milk (if the mixture is too dry, add milk a little at a time).
- On top of the meat mixture, spread the peas on half of the casserole and the corn on the other half (or whichever vegetables you prefer).
- Pipe or spread the potatoes on top of the vegetables.
- Increase the oven heat to 205°C or 400°F and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until till golden brown.
- You can choose to finish it off under the broiler for a few minutes for a really crisp brown topping.
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