How to Make My Irish Cottage Pie

by Claire Thompson

A really simple recipe that anyone can do. This feeds 4-6 depending on portion size. My favourite thing to eat on a wet and cold Irish day. Enjoy!!


  • 250 Grams Lean beef mince
  • 1 White onion
  • 2 Carrots
  • 1 Cup Frozen peas
  • 8 Potatoes
  • 1 Beef stock cube
  • 4 Tablespoons Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons HP Brown sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato purée
  • 2 Ounces Real butter
  • 1 Ounce Milk
  • 100 Milliliters Single cream
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather the ingredients for cooking the mince. All meat and veg are Irish produce.

    Step 2

    Peel your vegetables and chop/dice them up to your liking.

    Step 3

    I hate lumps of mince, so I give my raw mince a couple of chop ups before cooking it! (I only used half of this portion of mince )

    Step 4

    Wash, peel and cut your potatoes in half. I like to do this step before even putting the meat on. More convenient during the cooking process :-)

    Step 5

    Begin browning your meat with a little olive oil. Add salt and pepper..

    Step 6

    When meat has fully browned, throw in your onion and carrots.

    Step 7

    At this stage, I got my potatoes on to boil.

    Step 8

    When the veg has softened, I then like to add some drops of worcestershire sauce to the meat... Starting to smell gooooddd..

    Step 9

    Pop in as many frozen peas as you like. We like lots!

    Step 10

    Beef stock time. I recommend approx 250ml of water. Remember, do not add to the mix until fully dissolved in water.

    Step 11

    After 5 mins with beef stock.

    Step 12

    Tomato purée goes in next. Keep taste-testing to get the flavours right for you. (My favourite part!!)

    Step 13

    I just LOVE HP brown sauce, and it makes the cottage pie taste sooo good! It adds a beautiful flavour.

    Step 14

    Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

    Step 15

    After meat and veg are cooked and tasting amazing, scoop into an oven dish.

    Step 16

    Time for every Irish gals favourite veg...potatoes!! This is what I used for my mash.- all Irish produce.

    Step 17

    In goes 2oz of real butter, 100 mls of single cream and a dash of milk. Season to taste.

    Step 18

    I use a spoon to scoop the potato onto the meat mixture and a fork to decorate!

    Step 19

    Ready for the oven! We shall see you in 15-20 minutes!

    Step 20

    All done!

    Step 21

    This could serve up to six people if you have a side dish with it. If not, it would do a healthy four portions. Slainté!