Easy Beef Cottage Pie

February 26, 2013

This delicious Beef Cottage Pie recipe from Chef Marco Pierre White can be made in 30 minutes (plus 90 minutes bake time) and will please the entire family! Succulent ground beef is nestled under a cloud of fluffy white whipped potatoes for a hearty and tasty meal. True comfort food! Watch the short video below on how to make this classic British dish (or go here for the full version), and get the recipe below.

I think the secret of cottage pie is method, and perfection is lots of little things done well, it’s as simple as that.  I think you have to question what you’re trying to do.  I think, you know, whenever I cook, I always think about what I’m cooking, I always think what do I want to achieve at the end of it so I have a picture in my mind, I can almost see it before I’ve cooked it.  There’s a taste which I want and so therefore I work at achieving that taste.  What does a stockpot do for us?  It flavors, it seasons, it makes something delicious.

Beef Cottage Pie
Serves 8

2 1/4 pounds lean minced beef
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
5 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato purée
1 tsp flour
1 Knorr Beef Stock Pot
1 1/2 cups water
A few sprigs of thyme
1 turnip, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 bay leaf

For the Creamed Potato Topping (Chef White's version)
2 1/4 pounds potatoes
1/4 cup hot milk
5 tablespoons butter, softened (could do half oil/half butter)
1 egg yolk

Click here for the full instructions.

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