English Cottage Pie

English Cottage Pie


  • 400g of ground beef
  • 800g of potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • ½ onion
  • 1 celery
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • A sprig of thyme
  • 200g of frozen peas
  • 400ml of broth
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 50g of butter
  • 120ml of milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Pepper as needed
  • Pinch of nutmeg



  1. To prepare the cottage pie, start by cleaning the potatoes, boiling them in their skins in salted water for about 40 minutes, until tender.
  2. In the meantime, finely chop the onion, carrot and celery.
  3. In a pan, melt 20g of butter in two tablespoons of olive oil, then add the chopped herbs and fry over low heat for about 5 minutes, until the onion is transparent.
  4. Put the ground meat in the pan, lightly salt it and let it color well, then shell it with a wooden spoon and add the thyme leaves.
  5. Raise the heat and pour in two tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce. Also add the tomato paste.
  6. Stir well and pour in the hot stock. Cover with a lid, leaving a small crack and cook over medium heat for about 45 minutes. After this, also add the frozen peas.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and continue to cook for about ten minutes until the peas are tender.
  8. Eventually you will get a very tight meat sauce, if it should be even watery, continue to cook with the pan uncovered, until the water has evaporated almost entirely.
  9. Now, peel the potatoes with the aid of a knife and, while they are still hot, mash them with a potato masher.
  10. Add the butter, which in contact with the potatoes will melt. Add salt, pepper and add nutmeg; also pour the milk/ Mix all ingredients, then add the egg yolks.
  11. Mix carefully, in order to obtain a homogeneous mixture. In a baking dish, form one layer of meat and peas.
  12. Put the potato mixture in a pastry bag, then pour it over the layer of meat and peas. If you do not have a pastry bag you can distribute the potato mixture with a spoon, leveling it well.
  13. Cook the cottage pie in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 30 minutes. The last 5-10 minutes turn on the grill to brown it well on the surface .
  14. Remove from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Serve the warm cottage pie.

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