Cottage pie with blue cheese mash

This was another Tom Kerridge recipe from the Best Ever Dishes book. I know what you’re thinking…cottage pie…too easy…mince in pan with some veg, mashed potato on top, and bake. Essentially, you’re not wrong but this took me 8 hours. That is not a typo…eight, 8 hours. And was it worth it? Well, actually, yes it was. If you have 2 Michelin stars and this is your best ever dish, it won’t be that easy.

I’ve been on a bit of a Tom Kerridge kick lately. I got this book for Christmas and a meal at his 2 Michelin star rated pub for my birthday. If you watch his shows, he talks about simple cooking with added love. That love is actually just time…a lot of time. But I hadn’t much else to do today anyway.

In essence, this recipe goes like this;

Brown stewing steak in a frying pan and then add to a casserole dish. Deglaze pan with ale and stock and add to casserole dish with a cinnamon stick and two star anise. Cover casserole and braise in oven for 3 hours. (Are you starting to understand the love). Remove from oven and allow to cool. Remove beef with slotted spoon and put in fridge. Reserve cooking juice. (The cooking juice at this stage smelt so good, I almost drank it for lunch). 

Put casserole dish on hob and cook beef mince, then drain the mince in a colander. Cook onions, celery and carrots in the casserole, then add the drained mince and the reserved cooking juice, bring to the boil and simmer until thick (about another hour). Add Worcestershire sauce and season. Allow to cool for 20 minutes.

Stir in the beef chunks from the fridge and put the mixture into a pie dish. (At this stage I separated the recipe into 3 dishes as we had no need for a meal for 6). Put the pie dish(es) in the fridge for at least an hour. Make mashed potato (this was fancier than it sounds) and mix in some mustard. Put on top of the meat (Tom suggests piping it on but we’re still half-assed). Sprinkle over some blue cheese and paprika and cook in the oven for 25 minutes.

As you would expect, this was the best cottage pie I’ve ever had. Two of them have been frozen for future use.


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