Cottage Pie

Serves: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours


For The Meat
1 kg minced Scotch Beef (20% fat content)
1 leek, chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
1 tbsp plain flour
700ml beef stock (use 2 good quality beef stock cubes)
4 tbsp tomato puree
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tbsp hot horseradish sauce

For The Topping
1.5 kg floury potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
100 ml milk, warmed
75g butter plus a little extra
salt and freshly ground black pepper


1.  Fry the mince in a hot non-stick pan, stirring to break up any lumps, until nearly browned. When the
fat runs add the chopped vegetables and cook for 5-8 minutes until beginning to soften and the meat is
brown all over. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute or two.
2.  Add the stock, tomato puree and Worcester sauce, stir well and bring to the boil, then reduce the
heat , partially cover with a lid and simmer for about 40-50 minutes until the juices are thick, rich and
bubbling and the meat and vegetables are tender. Cool the mixture a little then stir in the horseradish.
Spoon the mixture into a 2 litre gratin dish or 6 individual dishes, 350g capacity.
3. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until very tender, about 15-20 minutes. Put the milk, butter, salt
and pepper into a small saucepan ready to heat up when you drain the potatoes.
4.  Preheat the oven to 190 C/ 170 C fan/ gas mark 5. When the potatoes are ready, drain them well
then give the pan a firm shake or two to smash them up and allow the steam to escape. Mash well with
a fork or masher till there are no lumps then beat in the warm buttery milk with a fork to keep the mash
light and airy. Check the seasoning.
5.  Spoon the mash evenly over the top of the meat and evenly spread to completely cover and seal in
the meat, especially at the edges. Dot the top with a little extra butter if you wish and bake in the oven
for 30-40 minutes for a large dish or 15-20 minutes for the individual servings until bubbling and golden.
Serve with a bowl of peas.

Kcals 657
Fat(g) 28.8
Protein(g) 45.5
Carbohydrate(g) 54.4
Sugar(g) 10.7
Salt(g) 2.2