Cottage Pie with Port

    2 hours 40 minutes

    Cottage pie is a favourite for most as mums as it easy, cheap, can prepare early and left in the oven, kids love it and it is packed with healthy vegetables. This one also contains port to give a rich deep taste.

    8 people made this

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 kg beef mince
    • 1 beef cube
    • 1 large onion, diced
    • 1/2 swede, finely diced
    • 3 carrots, finely diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, grated
    • 2 bay leaves, dried or fresh
    • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
    • 150ml port
    • 600ml beef stock
    • 1 1/2 kg potatoes
    • 1 cup frozen peas
    • 3 sprigs parsley, finely diced
    • 1 tablespoon cornflour, to thicken
    • 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 dash milk, to taste
    • 1 pinch salt and pepper, to taste

    Preparation:40min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Extra time:1hour20min  ›  Ready in:2hours40min 

    1. Fry the mince in a little oil with the stock cube until browned. Add in the swede, carrot, onion, garlic, bay, thyme and rosemary then fry for about 5 minutes.
    2. Add the port and leave uncovered simmering until port has completely evaporated. At this stage add the beef stock and simmer for half hour covered.
    3. Meanwhile peel and cut your potatoes then boil until tender.
    4. Mash the potatoes with butter and just enough milk to get a smooth but firm consistency. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    5. Remove the bay leaves from the mince mixture and stir in the peas and parsley.
    6. Make a cornflour paste by adding water to a little cornflour in a cup then stir this in a little at a time until you get a lovely thick consistency.
    7. Transfer the mince to a casserole dish and layer the mashed potatoes on top in dollops starting from the middle of the dish spreading out gently. Then with a fork score the whole pie.
    8. Place in a preheated oven at 200 degrees C and cook for approximately 40 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with crusty bread.

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     -  19 Jul 2012


    Made this for my friends and they absolutely loved it as did my husband and I. Due to not having enough of some ingredients I only put half a mug of port in, adding a bit more water, and I used fresh dill, parsley and thyme from the garden but only 2 x teaspoons of each, which came through but didn't overpower the flavour. I also sprinkled the mash with strong cheddar cheese as I like it and so do my friends.  -  09 Oct 2017  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Lovely easy recipe. I sprinkled cheese on top resulting in a gorgeous golden finish. Living alone, I found this great to microwave leftovers for a quick meal after work.  -  30 Apr 2017  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)