Recipe

Cottage pies

Cottage pie is classic comfort food!

  • 50 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Individual pie cases filled with savoury beef mince and topped with creamy mashed potato and grilled for a golden, crunchy top.

Ingredients

Cottage pies
  • 3 sheets shortcrust pastry
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion (200g), chopped finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500 grams minced beef
  • 2 cups (500ml) tomato puree
  • 2⁄3 cup (160ml) dry red wine
  • ¼ cup (60ml) worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • ½ cup (60g) frozen peas
  • 1⁄3 cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 kilogram potatoes, chopped coarsely
  • ½ cup (120g) sour cream
  • 2 egg yolks

Method

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F. Grease a 6-hole (¾-cup/180ml) texas muffin pan.
  • 2
    Using a 13cm (5in) cutter, cut two rounds from each pastry sheet. Lift pastry rounds into pan holes; press into base and side. Prick bases with a fork.
  • 3
    Bake pastry cases for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat; cook onion and garlic for 5 minutes or until onion softens. Increase heat to high, add beef; cook, stirring occasionally, breaking up lumps, for 5 minutes or until browned. Stir in puree, wine, sauce and thyme; bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 25 minutes or until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Stir in peas and parsley. Season to taste.
  • 5
    Meanwhile, boil, steam or microwave potato until tender; drain. Mash potato in a large bowl with sour cream and egg yolks until well combined; season.
  • 6
    Preheat grill.
  • 7
    Place muffin pan on an oven tray. Spoon beef mixture into pastry cases; top with mashed potato. Grill for 5 minutes or until heated through and potato is browned lightly.

Notes

For a flakier pastry case, use puff pastry instead of the shortcrust pastry.

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