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Cottage or Shepherd’s Pie

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Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie is a delicious English traditional pie, the first made with ground beef or other ground meats, whereas the second is made with ground lamb,

It, is a casserole dish with a layer of cooked meat with vegetables, such as carrots, celery, peas and corn, topped with a crust made with mashed potatoes and baked.

Origin of Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie

Cottage Pie originated in Ireland. It is believed that it originated as a way for women to make use of the leftovers to avoid food wastage.

The term cottage pie was in use by 1791, when the potato was being introduced as an edible crop affordable for the poor (cf. “cottage”, meaning a modest dwelling for rural workers).

The term shepherd’s pie did not appear until 1854, and was initially used synonymously with cottage pie, regardless of whether the meat was beef or mutton.

However, in the UK since the 20th century, the term shepherd’s pie is used more commonly when the meat is lamb. Source: Wikipedia

Can we make this recipe healthier?

Here is a healthier recipe which I call a Greek Cottage Pie as I have followed the Mediterranean Diet, using lean ground turkey (or chicken), olive oil and Greek herbs, such as oregano and thyme.

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It is topped with mashed potatoes made with olive oil.

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This is a wonderful recipe to make if you have leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner. 

At the beginning of blogging when I didn’t even know about shepherd’s pie, I made a similar recipe using leftover turkey meat, which you can find here.

Cottage Pie with ground Veal

In the video you are watching, I made it using ground veal and mashed potatoes made with an egg in it.

In fact, I only used the yolk in the mashed potatoes and the egg white, together with some mozarella was added in the ground beef, as this helps bind the mixture.

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Greek Cottage Pie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

A healthy cottage pie made with ground turkey meat, cooked in olive oil with vegetables and topped with mashed potatoes made with olive oil

Ingredients

  • 500 grams (1.10 lbs) ground turkey or finely chopped cooked turkey meat
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kennels
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 2 ripe tomatoes, grated
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white dry wine
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp tarragon
  • ½ cup finely chopped parsley
  • ¼ cup finely chopped dill

Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes:

  • 6 – 8 medium baking potatoes (about 1 ½ kilos – 3.30 lbs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • A pinch of white pepper
  • A pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the mashed potatoes and while the potatoes are boiling prepare the filling.
  2. In a skillet heat the olive oil and sauté the onion and garlic, until translucent.  Add the ground turkey and sauté for five minutes, until it changes colour to white.  Add the grated carrots, the peas, the corn and mix.
  3. Add the wine and Worcestershire sauce and mix until the alcohol evaporates.  Add the grated tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and the dried herbs.  Mix on low heat until all the juices evaporate.
  4. Remove from the heat and mix in the parsley and dill.
  5. Prepare the mashed potatoes..
  6. Brush a 13 x 9 inch (33 x 23 cm) Pyrex dish with olive oil.  Add 1/3 of the mashed potatoes in the dish.  Add the ground turkey and distribute it evenly on top.  
  7. Add the remaining mashed potatoes in a piping bag using a star shaped tip and
    pipe out peaks, close to each other.
  8. Preheat oven to 180oC (350oF) and cook for about 45 minutes or until a golden brown crust forms on top.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 525Total Fat 26gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 18gCholesterol 69mgSodium 425mgCarbohydrates 51gFiber 7gSugar 6gProtein 24g

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Cottage Pie with ground Veal

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie is a delicious English traditional pie, the first made with ground beef or other ground meats, whereas the second is made with ground lamb,

Ingredients

Mashed potatoes:

  • 6 – 7 medium baking potatoes (about 1 kilo)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • A pinch of pepper (optional)
  • A pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  • 1 egg yolk

Filling:

  • 650 grams veal and pork mince
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, grated
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Freshly grated black pepper
  • ½ cup white dry wine
  • ¾ cup mozzarella, divided
  • 1 egg white

Instructions

  1. Peel, wash and half or quarter the potatoes depending on size.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large heavy pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until soft when pierced with a fork (about 45 minutes).
  3. Drain the potatoes while they are still hot and return them to the pot. Add the milk, butter and egg (whole egg or just the yolk) and mash the potatoes with a potato masher or any other way you like.
  4. Finally add some salt and pepper (as well as some nutmeg, which is optional) and mix.
  5. Add more milk if necessary, until you get the right consistency. Taste and adjust
    seasoning if needed.
  6. Heat the olive oil and sauté the onion until translucent.  Add the garlic and
    sauté for a few seconds.
  7. Add the minced meat and sauté until it changes colour.
  8. Add the wine and cook for a few minutes until the alcohol evaporates.
  9. Add salt and pepper, as well as the grated carrot, peas, corn and parsley and cook for about 15 minutes.
  10. Whisk the egg white with half cup of mozzarella and mix it in the minced meat.
  11. Layer the minced meat in a Pyrex, add the mashed potatoes and the remaining cheese on top.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven to 180oC and bake until golden on top, for about 45 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 782Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 19gCholesterol 202mgSodium 1062mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 8gSugar 7gProtein 50g

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pierre

Saturday 27th of November 2010

Hello Ivy i love the presentation and also the surprise when you bring the dish on the table what is below?!!! Pierre

tasteofbeirut

Saturday 27th of November 2010

the potato swirls are very alluring; makes one want to gobble up the entire plate, selfishly and without any good manners!

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MaryMoh

Friday 26th of November 2010

I would love this with the turkey mince....yum. Love those piped mash on top! My recent post Blueberry Smoothie - Healthy Breakfast In A Glass

fimère

Friday 26th of November 2010

un magnifique plat qui est joliment décoré bravo pour cette superbe recette bonne journée

alison

Thursday 25th of November 2010

great idea ,ivy,for use the meat leftovers!looks yummy step-by-step recipe! My recent post CHIFLE CHINEZESTI LA ABUR CHINESE STEAMED BUNS

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