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The Best Cottage Pie Recipe

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Succulent beef mince, flavourful vegetables, rich gravy, and creamy potato mash – this is what makes an amazing cottage pie. The below recipe from UK chef James Martin gets our vote for the best cottage pie recipe out there.


  • 8 medium baking potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, plus extra for rubbing
  • Rock salt
  • 600g minced beef
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs of thyme, leaves picked and finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • Worcestershire sauce, to taste
  • 9 carrots, unpeeled
  • 100ml red wine 
  • 500ml beef stock
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 150ml milk
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  • Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas mark 5.
  • Pierce the potatoes all over with a fork, then lightly coat them with oil. Place them on a layer of rock salt in a baking tray and bake for 1–1½ hours until they are tender.
  • Heat a large sauté pan until hot. Add vegetable oil and brown the beef. Add onions, garlic, thyme, and celery, and cook until softened. This can take a couple of minutes.
  • Stir in the tomato purée and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add the Worcestershire sauce and 1 finely diced carrot.
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  • Pour in red wine and cook until reduced by one-third, then add the beef stock and simmer, stirring occasionally. Cook for 30 minutes until the beef is tender and the sauce thickens.
  • Transfer the beef to a bowl, season with the salt, pepper, and Worcestershire sauce to taste. Refrigerate it while preparing the mash.
  • While the beef cools, top and tail the remaining carrots. Fill a pan halfway with water and add the carrots. Add a pinch of salt, the sugar, and a knob of butter. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer and cook for 30–40 minutes until soft. The liquid should evaporate, giving the carrots a glaze.
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  • Once the potatoes are cooked and cool enough to touch, halve them, scoop out the flesh, and put it through a potato ricer into a bowl. Increase the oven temperature to 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7.
  • Mix most of the remaining butter into the mashed potatoes and warm the milk in a saucepan until simmering. Pour it over the potatoes and mash until smooth and creamy. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread the cooled beef into a baking dish and top with the hot mashed potatoes, fluffing the top with a fork. Dot with some butter and bake for 10–15 minutes until golden-brown and piping hot throughout. Serve with the carrots.
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Meat-free Alternative Recipe

Of course, cottage pie can be enjoyed by vegetarians too, just take a look at Jamie Oliver’s recipe below:

It’s packed full of veggies and puts a great twist on the British classic. Jamie throws in interesting veggies like swede and celeriac, and he even adds marmite or vegemite to the homemade gravy!

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