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Cottage Pie with Guinness

This Cottage pie recipe is the best in comfort food. Creamy mashed potatoes on top of a delicious filling of minced beef, carrots, tomatoes and in this case Guinness!

You can, of course, make it vegetarian cottage pie, just use a veggie mince, such as Quorn.

Cottage Pie with Guinness
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Cottage Pie with Guinness

This is my scaled-down version of Cottage pie with Guinness Gordon Ramsay recipe to make it suitable for fewer people and I must say it is the best.

The addition of Guinness (or you could use a dark ale) adds richness and depth of flavour, although of course, it isn't vital, so can most certainly leave it out if you wish.

So, instead of adding the Guinness, I would just use 2 Knorr stock cubes and makeup, adding the 300ml to replace it.

I've been cooking up all sorts lately in my nice STOVES oven and I love how it cooks everything so evenly.

There's no messing around turning everything around as I had to in my old oven because the Sterling 600MF oven cooks evenly and gives perfect results every time.

STOVES are the only manufacturer that builds freestanding cookers, built-in ovens, hobs and range cookers right here in the UK.

What's the Difference between Cottage pie and Shepherd's pie?

Cottage pie is made with ground/minced beef and Shepherd's pie is made using minced lamb and had a mashed potato topping. 
Although the recipe has many variations, the defining ingredients are minced beef cooked in a rich gravy with onions and vegetables, such as peas, celery or carrots, and topped with a layer of mashed potato before it is baked.

How to make Cottage Pie

Cook the minced beef as shown in the recipe.

Minced Beef Cooking with Carrots

Meanwhile, add the potatoes to a pan of salted water, bring to a boil and cook until tender.

Drain and return to the hot pan for 15 seconds or so, to dry out, then take off the heat.

Pass the potatoes through a potato ricer, it's the best way to get creamy lump-free mashed potatoes.

Mix through the butter, cheese and egg yolk. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Put the cooked carrots into the bottom of the dish and then put the minced beef mixture on top.

Cottage Pie Mixture before potato topping

Spoon the mashed potato on top and rough up the surface with a fork. Grate over some extra cheese and bake in the oven for about 25 minutes until bubbling and golden brown.

Can you Freeze Cottage Pie?

Absolutely you can freeze any cottage pie leftovers! Just be sure to defrost it fully before reheating and make sure it's piping hot before serving.

What do you Serve with Cottage Pie?

Peas, carrots, broccoli the choice is yours. Kids love baked beans, but obviously, you would want to leave out the Guinness or ale!

You can read my review of the STOVES Sterling 600MF multifunction oven.

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Cottage Pie Recipe


  1. Why have I never thought of adding ale to cottage pie? Occasionally I add wine, but ale is a far more British addition!

  2. This sounds like an incredibly flavourful dish! My FIL would absolutely love this. Sending to my MIL!

  3. This looks like a really comforting dish. I wish it was my lunch!


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