« on: November 11, 2009, 08:16:46 AM »
No, now I've got it...this is my comfort food.
Cottage pie (from a vagueish memory)
First dice up about a pound of beef...note I don't say grind or use hamburger, I prefer actually small bits of meat chopped up with a knife as fine as you have the patience for. I usually douse this with a bit of sherry or marsala and set it aside. Take a diced onion or two and fry in a goodish bit of butter until nicely browned. Add the beef in and cook until it's browned as well. Then, now that the meat has let its juices out, add a tbsp or two of flour and stir and cook for a matter of seconds until everything starts drying up in the pan (but before it really starts to burn). Add about a cup of beef stock gradually, stirring. Then its time to add other veg...I usually like diced carrots, a small can of peas, and occasionally a small can of corn (more a this side of the atlantic thing). Add some salt, coarse pepper, a tbsp of ketchup, a generous tbsp or two of high quality Worcestershire sauce like Lea and Perrins (I've bought the cheaper brands, the difference is profound), and cook down a little while. When nicely thickened put into a pie pan or casserole.
Meanwhile you've boiled a couple potatoes and mash them up with some butter and whole milk, salt and coarse pepper. Spoon this onto the layer of meat and veg, top with some grated sharp cheddar and some more coarse ground pepper, and bake til the cheese melts or the potatoes get slightly browned.