17 Jul 2009

Cottage Pie

Pastel de carne This recipe is one of the most traditional, common and day –by-day recipe here in Argentina, the name is potato pie Contrary to Argentine belief, this traditional and comfort dish, in fact is English, because, as you see, just reading the recipe, is so similar to Sheppard’s pie, but remember Sheppard’s pie is made with lab if you made with beef would be known as cottage pie. Name aside, this dish is very comforting and delicious. If you like you can add raisin, as they do here. For the pure I usually melt butter and sauté onions. It works so well Forks & Plates Cottage Pie


  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 kg beef minced
  • 2 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 lb. chopped and peeled tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 glass red wine
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste
  • Thyme and oregano

For the mashed potato

  • 2 lb. potatoes
  • 2 eggs yolk
  • 1 medium onion grated
  • 200 g butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • Pinch of nutmeg, salt and pepper

Heat the olive oil in a pan, add the onion, garlic and carrot and cook until soft. Add minced beef, and then cook until the mince is brown and shows a crumbly texture. Stir in tomato purée and tomatoes Leave to simmer, and add the wine and sugar stirring occasionally, for about fifteen minutes, or until thickened. Sprinkle with thyme and oregano Meanwhile, peel and chop potatoes and boil until soft, Meanwhile, melt the butter and add the onion until soft add to the mash. Add the eggs yolk and mix well. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste Put the filling into a deep dish, then top with the mashed potatoes, sprinkle with grated parmesan and put under a warm grill (broiler) until the top is brown and crisp.

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Zoe said...

Ultimate comfort food. Delicious!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I can almost smell those cottage pies from here...

Bellini Valli said...

It sounds amazing Sylvie, comfort food at it's best.

lisa (dandysugar) said...

Sounds amazing, I always love warm comfort food. It brings me back home to my mom's!!

kiss my spatula said...

your cottage pie looks so amazing. mmmm...looking forward to trying this one. thank you!

alexandra said...

Oh how homey and delicious. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Definitely a comforting food. Looks really good.


Manggy said...

Wow, how warm and comforting! We'd probably eat it with rice here, though, haha! :)

Marta said...

Much like a Shepperd's pie, I guess, and equally delicious and comforting! A full meal on a little pot. How cute!

giz said...

Thanks for visiting our blog. Your pie looks very interesting indeed.

Sophie said...

MMMMM,...this is truly warm comfort food,...qsounds so good,...

lisaiscooking said...

The browned mashed potato topping looks delectable! Your photos are gorgeous too.

Elra said...

Wow Sylvia, I can not believe how a such a humble dish such as Cottage Pie look so delicious in your hand. Such a comforting dish!

Ivy said...

Fabulous and ever so comforting! Your pie looks delicious!

Tim said...

I love the colour of the mash, this looks just delicious!

Anonymous said...

These cottage pies look absolutely delicious... I am so hungry now... can I have a piece?