Cottage Pie

A traditional cottage pie is made with ground beef and topped with mashed potatoes. We used potato slices, which saves time and looks good, too. For a shepherd's pie, use lamb. Or, try a turkey twist: Add 2 cups finely minced turkey meat along with the peas.

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  • Servings: 6

Source: Everyday Food, November 2010

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced medium
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 pound ground beef or lamb
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 cup dark (porter) beer
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large russet potato (3/4 pound), very thinly sliced

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high. Add onion and carrots and cook, stirring often, until onion is soft, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and stir in tomato paste. Add meat and cook, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until almost cooked through, 3 minutes. Add thyme and beer and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring frequently, until slightly reduced, 2 minutes. Sprinkle flour over mixture and stir to combine. Add 1 cup water and cook until mixture thickens, about 2 minutes. Stir in peas and season with salt and pepper.

  2. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart baking dish. Top with potatoes, overlapping slices. Season potatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle with 2 tablespoons butter. Bake until potatoes are browned around edges and tender when pierced with a knife, 40 to 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

To store, let cool completely, cover with foil, and refrigerate, up to 3 days. Reheat, covered, in a 350 degree oven until warmed through.

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