Making Cottage Pie

Tonight on my way home from work I started thinking of what to have for dinner. I knew that I had some leftovers that I needed to use and a plan started to come together.

I decided to make a Cottage Pie with some leftover seasoned hamburger from the Loose Meat Sandwich I made last night.

Minced Meat, hamburger, peas, misoThe first task was to prepare the base or filling for the pie. I will not give an exact recipe but I added some more seasoning to the leftover hamburger as well as some leftover peas that I had made for another dish earlier in the week. I then made a gravy using a secret thickener and some miso.

After letting the filling simmer awhile to build flavor I stuck it in the cold box to let it firm up before baking.

mashed potatoes, cottage pie, comfort foodIn the meantime I had made some mashed potatoes and let them cool also. I needed a nice dry mash so that it would not leak into the filling. I was finally ready to spread the potatoes over the filling of the cottage pie while the convection oven heated up.

Cottage pie, mash, minced meat, comfort foodHere the cottage pie had been in the oven for most of the time that was needed and is ready for a cheese topping.

Cottage Pie, Comfort Food, Melted Cheese, YummHere is the finished cottage pie all ready to be dished up. It smelled really good and I was ready for some comfort food.

While it was baking I had turned on the TV and found that the Rugby Sevens World Cup was on.

Cottage Pie, South Africa, Comfort FoodI dished up some of the cottage pie so that I could go watch South Africa and Ireland play. Interesting that South Africa was playing as the dish was inspired by my trip there last month 🙂

I did not get a good picture here as steam was coming off of the dish and my camera would not focus properly. However you can see the nice contrast between the filling and the topping.

Cottage Pie, Hamburger, peas, potatoes, cheese, comfort foodNow for a picture of the cottage pie in the bowl. It looked wonderful and was delicious. The hamburger or mince had a nice complex taste and the creaminess of the mashed potatoes was a nice contrast.

I think that this was not too bad for a first try at making a cottage pie without a specific recipe. I had looked at several recipes and just got a general idea of what I needed to do 🙂

The one thing I would do different is have a thinner layer of cheese and perhaps add it a bit earlier.

Now I need to go for a long walk.




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