Put a twist on your meat and potatoes dinner with this traditional English dish, a savory ground beef mixture topped with mashed potatoes and carrots.



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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a pot of salted water bring potatoes, carrots, and 3 cloves garlic to a boil. Reduce to a rapid simmer; cook until vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and return to pot. Using a masher, mash vegetables until mostly smooth; stir in 3 tablespoons butter. Season with salt and pepper. Finely chop remaining 2 cloves garlic; set aside.

  • In a large skillet over high, melt remaining tablespoon butter. Add beef and brown, about 5 minutes. Remove meat from pan, leaving drippings. Reduce heat to medium-high, add onion, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 10 minutes. Add chopped garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Return meat and collected juices to pan and stir in tomato paste. Cook, stirring, about 2 minutes. Stir in Worcestershire sauce and 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Transfer meat mixture to a 9-inch square baking dish. Dollop mashed vegetables over meat and spread to edges of baking dish. Bake until juices are bubbling and topping is golden brown in spots, about 20 minutes. Let sit 5 minutes before serving.

Cook's Notes

Carrot Top
Adding carrots to the traditional mashed-potato topping makes this dish more nutritious and gives it a gorgeous color.

Reviews (4)

67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 9
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
I made this with 1.5x all the ingredients, and it fit in a 9x11 dish perfectly. Tips: Make sure the carrots get nice and soft so they blend well (I used a mixer, not a masher.) Be sure to salt and pepper the mash also so you're recipe is seasoned throughout! This recipe is definitely a keeper. We're having a cold snap, and my husband and I both loved this cozy recipe.
Rating: Unrated
I made this exactly as written, but doubled the recipe and made with russet potatoes. Personal preference I suppose! My husband and I loved it. Very good. Not hard to make, just a small bit time-intensive!
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Delicious! My husband, who doesn't eat carrots, loves this recipe. I wouldn't add cheese, you won't miss it, trust me. I did use my favorite marinade instead of Worc. sauce. I also used a little more butter because I used ground sirloin. Goes great with Bisquick cheese garlic biscuits.
Rating: Unrated
Easy to make and absolutely delicious. Hearty and satisfying on a rainy winter day. Serves 5-6 for entree portions. The only changes I made were: I used 90/10 beef, 1.5 lbs mushrooms, added 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese to mashed veggies and then sprinkled another 1/4 cup on top with 5-10 mins left to cook. I used a 9.5" pie pan and put it on a cookie sheet to cook - it bubbled over for the last 10 mins of cooking. Sooo good and pretty healthy!