Hello, Travelers! It is a chilly, rainy day today here in Portland. I guess I‚Äôd 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‚Äôt mean I can‚Äôt cook something that makes me feel like I am there, though, right? Right! I think a delicious Cottage Pie would be fitting!
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
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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