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Cottage Pie

Here is another one of our favourite recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family and is bound to warm you up this winter!

Cottage Pie


  • 750 g mince
  • 2 rashers bacon finely diced
  • 2 large onions finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 1 can Italian crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mixed herbs
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots or chives
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
  • 1 kg mashed potatoes


  1. Heat oil in a large pan.
  2. Cook onions, carrots and garlic until caramelised and soft. Set aside.
  3. Brown mince and be sure that mince is fine and not in lumps.
  4. Add mixed herbs, chicken stock powder and pepper and salt.
  5. Add tomatoes. Continue to cook for about half an hour till liquid is reduced.
  6. Pour into the preferred dish.
  7. Cover liberally with mashed potato.
  8. Run a fork across the top to make the top rough. Brush with melted butter.
  9. Place into the oven to heat through then under the grill to brown evenly.


  • Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
  • Cauliflower makes a delicious mash.
  • Cut one whole cauliflower into florets.
  • Steam until very soft. Add 2 tablespoons of butter, salt, pepper and then mash well.
  • Use a stick blender to make it very smooth if desired.
  • Top cottage pie as you do with potato and brown.
  • You can use any mince or combination of minces.
  • You can add corn and or peas to this recipe!

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