I made this for a British style murder mystery that I was hosting. It was a huge hit. Plus it makes great leftovers. The mashed potatoes soak up all the juice and taste so wonderful. I have made it several times since just so I can have great leftovers to take to work for lunch. P.S. I am not a mushroom fan so I left those out.
English Cottage Pie
Leftover mashed potatoes are mixed with white cheddar cheese to form the top crust for this British pub-food staple. Ground beef is traditionally used, but lean ground turkey will work, as well. Brown the crust under the broiler for a minute or two, if you like. This English Coggate Pie will have you coming back for more! seconds.
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- Calories: 288
- Fat: 10g
- Saturated fat: 5.6g
- Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 0.5g
- Protein: 24.1g
- Carbohydrate: 29.9g
- Fiber: 4g
- Cholesterol: 60mg
- Iron: 2.8mg
- Sodium: 626mg
- Calcium: 164mg
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon butter, softened
- Cooking spray
- 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped carrot
- 1 (8-ounce) package cremini or button mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste
- 1 cup fat-free, lower-sodium beef broth
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp white cheddar cheese, divided
- Paprika (optional)
- 1. Preheat oven to 350°.
- 2. Combine flour and butter; stir well. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and carrot; sauté 5 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove vegetables from skillet. Add beef to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Stir in tomato paste, and cook 3 minutes. Stir in broth and pepper. Return vegetables to pan, and bring to a simmer. Stir in parsley, thyme, and salt. Add flour mixture, and cook for 1 minute or until thick, stirring constantly.
- 3. Spoon meat mixture into an 8-inch square glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray, spreading evenly. Combine the potatoes and half of cheese; spread the potato mixture evenly over meat mixture. Top with remaining cheese. Sprinkle with paprika, if desired. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until bubbly.
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