Unlike Shepherd’s Pie which is made with lamb, Cottage Pie is made with ground beef. Cottage Pie is a packed with ground beef, carrots, celery, peas and corn and topped with a thick layer of mashed potatoes. The perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day!
It was a fabulously cold Sunday and even though Mr. Nomad is in the USA and I find that I don’t feel like cooking on the weekend I decided to make Cottage Pie for dinner. Cottage Pie differs from Shepherd’s Pie because it’s made with ground beef as opposed to lamb. Which is odd, because in the USA when you get a Shepherd’s Pie at the local diner it’s usually made with ground beef- not lamb. I’ve even seen recipes for Shepherd’s Pie in cookbooks that calls for the wrong meat. Even Martha Stewart calls her Cottage Pie, Shepherd’s Pie.
The perfectt Cottage Pie has two flavorful layers. The first layer is the ground beef and vegetables. First they are cooked on the stove top, with beef broth a bit of thyme and salt and pepper. Flour helps to bring it all together. but be careful not to dump in the flour after the broth. You’ll end up with a lumpy mess. Instead, after sautéing the beef and veggies, sprinkle in the flour and stir well so all of the flour is absorbed. Then, slowly pour in the broth and stir until thickened.
After spreading the beef and veggies on the bottom of a 9×13 baking pan you top it with heaps and heaps of mashed potatoes. A little secret to good mashed potatoes? Warm the milk. I do it every time and I end up with perfect mashed potatoes every time!
So whether you want to call it Shepherd’s Pie or Cottage Pie, what I can for sure tell you is that it’s so perfectly delicious on cold days. There’s lot of short cuts for any Cottage Pie recipe. You can use leftover mashed potatoes. Or opt for frozen veggies instead of fresh ones. You could even make the Cottage Pie and toss it in the freezer. One bite and you’ll be hooked on Cottage Pie too! Or Shepherd’s Pie if that’s what you still want to call it!
Unlike Shepherd's Pie that is made with lamb, Cottage Pie is traditionally made with ground beef. Cottage Pie is a packed with ground beef, carrots, celery, peas and corn and topped with a thick layer of mashed potatoes. The perfect meal to warm you up on a cold day!
15 minPrep Time
60 minCook Time
1 hr, 15 Total Time
- 6 large Potatoes
- 1 cup Milk, warm
- 2 tablespoons Butter
- 1 pound Ground beef
- 1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil
- 1 Onion, Chopped
- 2 Garlic Cloves, finely minced
- 2 Carrots, chopped
- 3 Celery Stalks, chopped
- 1/2 pound Green Peas
- 2 Ears Corn, kernels only
- Salt and Pepper
- 1/4 cup Flour
- 2 Cups Beef Broth
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
- In a medium sized pot filled with water boil the potatoes until soft. While hot, mash the potatoes and stir in the butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside but keep warm.
- In a small pot boil the peas and carrot until almost soft. Drain and set aside.
- In a large skillet heat the oil and sauté the onions, celery and carrots until softened. Add the garlic and sauté 1 more minute. Add the beef and cook until browned.
- Add the flour and stir well so the vegetables and beef absorb the flour. Slowly pour in the Worcestershire sauce, thyme, beef broth, peas and corn. Bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Grease a 9x13 baking dish. Spread out the beef mixture. Top with the mashed potatoes making sure to completely cover the beef.
- Bake at 400F for 40 minutes. Serve hot.