Cottage Pie is a traditional Irish dish that was intended to use up leftover meat and veggies. It is probably one of my favorite dishes and is incredibly easy. Whether you’re looking for a special dish for St. Patrick’s Day, or a crowd pleasing dinner for the Ultimate Pi Day, Cottage Pie is the perfect fit!
Cottage pie is really quite simple. If you’re using the traditional leftovers, simply toss some minced meat and veggies together, cover with mashed potatoes, heat and serve. If, however, you want to make this yummy dish by itself, here’s my tried and true recipe!
Start by browning some ground beef in a cast iron skillet with some salt, pepper, and powdered garlic. While that’s cooking, cook up some potatoes, carrots, peas, and corn. Once the meat is nearly done, you’ll add my secret (well, not-so-secret-now) ingredient: A1 steak sauce. A1 will give you a nice flavor and just a tiny bit of sauce. (My chefs friends are probably hanging their heads right now. Sorry!) Toss in the carrots, peas, and corn, and keep on low heat, stirring occasionally to get it all mixed up. Mash up your potatoes with milk and butter, but leave them just a little chunky. Top the meat and veggie mixture with the mashed potatoes and sprinkle some cheese on top. Put the whole thing in the oven and bake until the potatoes get a nice crust going. Serve and enjoy!
If you want an even more traditional meal, use lamb and make Shepard’s Pie.
If you want a vegetarian version, use lentils instead of the meat and sweet potato puree instead of the mashed potatoes and cheese, and you’ll have Farmer’s Pie.
For the really adventurous, use purple potatoes and rainbow carrots for a bright and colorful dish! I would name this one Rainbow Pie!