Cottage Pie is a classic Irish recipe. Some people may read the recipe and think, “Hey, isn’t this the same as Shepherd’s Pie?” The recipes are quite similar.
However, the biggest difference between the two casseroles is that traditional Shepherd’s Pie is made with ground lamb or mutton, and Cottage Pie is made from ground beef. Some people do use the names interchangeably, but to be precise, it is good to know the difference.
Cheddar Cheese Cottage Pie Recipe
- 1 SuacePan
- 1 Electric Mixer
- 1 Spatula
- 1 Chopping Board
- 1 Knife
- 1 Oven
- 1 Cooking spray
- 3 to 4 medium-sized russet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup sharp shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 stalk celery
- ½ cup frozen green beans or green peas
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Peel and chop the potatoes into approximately one inch chunks. Peel the carrots and dice them into pieces that are about ¼ inch cubes. Chop the celery into pieces that are about ¼ inch pieces.
- Prepare the green beans or peas according to package instructions. Drain any accumulated liquid.
- Put the potatoes in a medium-sized saucepan and cover them with water. Cook the potatoes in the saucepan over medium high heat until they are fork tender.
- Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain the cooking liquid away with a colander. Return the potatoes to the pot and add the butter and the milk. Add the sour cream and the salt, and using an electric mixer, whip the potatoes until they are smooth and fluffy.
- Stir in the cheddar cheese.
- About the same time that you start cooking the potatoes, heat the cooking oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the celery and carrot chunks, cooking them for 5 to 10 minutes or until they are soft.
- Add the ground beef and cook the beef, chopping it with a spatula and turning it frequently until no more pink remains. Drain the accumulated grease from the beef.
- Turn on your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 1 to 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray and set it aside.
- Add the green beans to the beef and vegetable mixture, stirring it until it is fully combined.
- Add the Worcestershire sauce, the garlic powder, the beef broth, garlic powder, and the salt to the beef mixture. Taste the beef and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread the beef mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Spread the cheesy potatoes onto the top of the beef mixture in an even layer. Use a spoon or a fork to create a decorative design in the potatoes if you like.
- Bake the cottage pie in the center of your preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes or until it is lightly browned on top and the filling is bubbly.
- Serve by scooping the cottage pie into bowls.
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