World Cuisine Wednesday

By 1800FlyEurope in Destination Highlights | on September 7th, 2011

Hello, Travelers! It is a chilly, rainy day today here in Portland. I guess I’d better get used to it since summer is rapidly coming to an end. When a day like this comes, I daydream of cozying up with a good book in an old fashioned cottage in the English countryside, sitting either in a bay window or next to a roaring fire in the stone fireplace (the latter fantasy usually comes with much colder days).

Alas, I am not in my beautiful wooden cottage. That doesn’t mean I can’t cook something that makes me feel like I am there, though, right? Right! I think a delicious Cottage Pie would be fitting!

Cottage Pie

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 c beef broth
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 oz shredded cheddar
  • 3 c mashed potatoes
  • ¬Ω c carrots, chopped
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • ¬º c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • ¬º tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme leaves
  • Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350°

Crumble beef into a large skillet and cook over medium heat for about a minute. Add onion, carrot and cook for 5 minutes or until meat is browned and onions are translucent. Mix in flour, thyme, parsley and butter.

Combine broth and tomato paste together in a small bowl and mix well. Add to beef mixture. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mixture into an 8 inch baking dish.

Sprinkle cheddar over the meat mixture and spread potatoes evenly over the top. Sprinkle with paprika, bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until potatoes are slightly browned.

For an authentic feel, serve with steamed carrots and peas.

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