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Try this Traditional Cottage Pie Recipe for Taste of England

March 30, 2011
Surprisingly one of the most popular foods for British people is a curry! But for something a little more ‘old fashioned’ you may wish to try this delicious recipe for Cottage Pie (also known as Shepherd's Pie in the U.S.).

Traditional Cottage Pie 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 medium carrots, chopped
500g mince*
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato purée
300ml beef stock
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
Dash Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

*Variations in the U.S. include using beef in place of mince meat. 

For the topping:
1kg, peeled and diced potatoes
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
75g butter
4 tablespoons milk

Preparation method
1. Preheat the oven to 190 C / Gas mark 5.

2. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Add the onion garlic and carrot and cook over a medium heat until soft. Add the mince and cook to brown. Use beef stock to keep the mince moist.

3. Add the tinned tomatoes, puree, stock, mixed herbs and Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, adding a dash of red wine for additional flavor.

4. Boil the potatoes in water until soft. Drain and mash with the mustard, butter and milk. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

5. Spoon the mince mixture into a casserole dish. Top with the mash and bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
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