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Thursday, June 01, 2023
Cottage pie.

This is my version of an old reliable recipe for cottage pie.

Cottage Pie.


  • Minced beef 500 grams.
  • One onion diced.
  • 400 millilitres of beef stock.
  • 150 millilitres of red wine.
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato puree.
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour.
  • 2 teaspoons of dried thyme.
  • Kikkoman Soy Sauce to taste.
  • Ground salt & pepper to taste.
  • 2 potatoes.
  • 50 millilitres of olive oil.
  • Grated cheese, the amount depends on your love of cheese.


  1. Heat half of the olive oil in a large pan. Add the onion & cook until softened. Set aside onto a separate plate.
  2. Fry the mince in the remaining olive oil, turning it until it is browned all over.
  3. Stir in the onion & tomato puree, cooking for a further minute.
  4. Stir in the flour, cooking for a further minute.
  5. Pour in the red wine & add the thyme, mix in well.
  6. Add the beef stock & simmer for 45 minutes. Season with salt & pepper & add Kikkoman Soy Sauce to taste. Keep warm on low heat.
  7. Preheat grill.
  8. Chop up the potatoes & put them in a pan of salted water.
  9. Bring to a boil, then simmer until soft.
  10. Drain the potatoes, add a knob of butter & a  splash of butter then mash.
  11. Season to taste.
  12. Put the mince filling in a baking dish, I used two separate smaller dishes.
  13. Spoon the mash over the top of the mince filling & smooth out.
  14. Sprinkle grated cheese over the top.
  15. Grill under the preheated grill until the cheese has melted & begun to brown. 
  16. Serve. I had mine with boiled peas & carrots on the side.

This recipe made enough for 4 smaller servings, or for someone like me two servings.