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Recipe – Two Cottage Pies


Ahhhh hello half term! This very welcome time off from work couldn’t come soon enough and I have plans with friends, family and a romantic theatre break to London on the cards.

With the clocks going back this coming weekend and darker, chillier mornings, I think we can safely say the seasons are a-changing! This calls for some comfort food that makes your kitchen smell delicious and welcoming and these two cottage pie recipes certainly tick all the right boxes.


I love a spot of batch cooking and this recipe is great for freezing or for pleasing a crowd.

I decided to make two different varieties so I didn’t get bored of having the same meal for dinner a couple of nights running. The base of the pies are the same but one is topped with a cheddar and horseradish mash and the other has a sweet potato and brie topping.


For the pie base:

A drizzle of olive oil

1 white onion, roughly chopped

Half a dozen carrots, peeled and chopped

A couple of rashers of smoked streaky bacon, chopped

A tray of good quality minced beef

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

A few bay leaves

A pinch of dried thyme

One tin of chopped tomatoes

A squirt of brown sauce or ketchup

A handful of frozen peas

For the topping:

Enough white or sweet potatoes to cover your pie


Salt and pepper

A dash of milk (or cream if you’re feeling naughty!)

Cheddar, brie or any other cheese of your choice to top

A few teaspoons of horseradish

How to make it

  • Preheat your oven to 200°C, Gas Mark 6
  • In a large pan, heat a little oil and lightly sauté the onions and carrots for 10 minutes until they have softenedcp7
  • Add the bacon and fry for another few minutes
  • Next, add the beef mince and garlic then fry until brownedcp8
  • Season well and add the bay leaves, thyme, tomatoes and sauce. If you have a bottle open, I usually add a splash of red wine too, anything to get a bit more flavour in!cp9
  • Allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes while you make the mashcp10
  • In a large saucepan, boil your potatoes until soft
  • Drain well then mash with a little butter, salt and pepper and milk
  • You can add cheese or the horseradish into your mash at this stage toocp11
  • Mix your peas into the mix then in an oven proof dish (or dishes), spoon in your meat layercp12
  • Then top with your mash and sprinkle over some cheesecp13cp17
  • Pop it in the oven for about half an hour until you have a golden crust on topcp14cp18
  • Enjoy straight from the oven…I had mine with some baked beanscp2

About hannahhotcakes

My name is Hannah. I live near Bath in a lovely village in the Cotswolds with my husband Ian, the love of my life for the past 10 years, in our dream cottage. I have landed my dream job as a primary school teacher and I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. I am a self-confessed foodie and I love to cook, bake, and eat out as much as possible. Here are some things I love: My friends and family, travelling, fresh flowers, good books, having breakfast on my balcony, horror films, Christmas, tea, Las Vegas, lie-ins, red wine, Liverpool FC, music, sausage dogs, Spain, rare steak, fashion, cheese, American TV series and camping. And here are my pet hates: People dressed as animals, whistling, being rushed, being made to wait, girls who act stupid to impress a man, spiders, sunburn and rocket (it comes with EVERYTHING!)

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