Simple Cottage Pie
Yield 4-6 Servings
Wholesome comfort bubbling over in a cast iron skillet- ground beef is simmered with chopped vegetables, spices, and topped a crust of creamy mashed potatoes before being put into the oven.
- 2 tablespoons bacon grease (or fat of choice)
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon unrefined salt
- 4 large carrots, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced or crushed
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/4 cup tomato sauce
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch ground ginger
- 1 pinch ground cloves
- 2 cups peas, fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons tapioca starch (arrowroot or corn work as well)
- 1 cup broth
- 2- lbs russet potatoes, chopped (skins left on is fine)
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2-3/4 cup whole milk
- Salt and pepper to taste
- I an medium stock pot (or Dutch oven), bring the potatoes to a boil. Allow them to cook while you start on the rest of the dish.
- In a medium-sized cast iron skillet or a heavy sauce pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the onions, cooking for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the carrots, sauteing for an additional 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for about one more minutes.
- Add the ground beef, salt, black pepper, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, parsley, soy, sauce, and tomato sauce. Stir well to mix in all the spices. Turn the heat up to medium, cook the meat until browned. Add the peas.
- Reduce heat and sprinkle the meat mixture with the starch of choice. Gradually add the broth, stirring gently to avoid lumps. Bring to a low boil for 10 minutes. Stir occasionally.
- Cook the potatoes until fork tender. Drain the potatoes. Add the butter, 1/2 cup milk, salt and pepper to taste.
- Mash with potato masher or electric beater until smooth and creamy. Add more milk if necessary.
- Transfer the meat mixture to a baking dish, if using. If using a cast iron skillet proceed to the next step. Top the meat mixture with an even layer of mashed potatoes. Prick with a fork and bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Put the skillet or baking dish on a baking sheet to catch any spills.
- While the cottage pie is baking, wash the stock pot and potatoes masher for easy clean up once the meal is eaten!
- Top with fresh parsley and a pat of butter if desired.
Courses Main Dish
Recipe by Nourishing Simplicity at https://nourishingsimplicity.org/2018/03/simple-cottage-pie.html