A cottage pie for entertaining

A clever topping makes this a great supper party dish


1 tbsp Olive oil
1 Onion, finely chopped
500g Aberdeen Angus Lean Minced Beef (10% fat), from service counter
300ml Red wine
2 Sprigs thyme, leaves only
2 tbsp Bay leaves, torn
2 tbsp Tomato purée
500g Waxy potatoes, such as Desirée or Charlotte
2 Small leeks, washed and sliced
200ml Waitrose Half-Fat Crème Fraîche
50g Butter, melted


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion for 3-4 minutes, until soft. Add the beef and cook for a further 10 minutes, until evenly browned. Pour in the wine and add the herbs. Season and stir in the tomato purée, then reduce the heat and leave to simmer gently for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid has evaporated.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190°C, gas mark 5. Place the potatoes, whole and unpeeled, in a pan of cold water. Bring to the boil and cook for 4-5 minutes. Drain and plunge into cold water. Simmer the sliced leeks in a pan with enough boiling water to cover, until just tender. Drain and spoon into the base of 4 individual dishes (about 250-300ml). Top the leeks with crème fraîche.
  3. Using a sharp knife, peel the cooled potatoes, then grate coarsely into a large bowl. Pour over the melted butter and toss to coat.
  4. Discard the bay leaves and spoon the beef over the leeks. Top each dish with grated potatoes. Bake for 35 minutes until crisp and golden.
A cottage pie for entertaining
  • Preparation time: 20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 70 minutes
  • Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes 60 minutes 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Nutritional Info

Typical values per serving:

Energy 2527.136kJ
Fat 34.8g
Saturated Fat 17.8g
Sugars 7.6g
Salt 0.6g

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This recipe was first published in Tue Sep 01 01:00:00 BST 2009.