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Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

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.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2010

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)

Ingredients

  • 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)

Preparation

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • 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
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