In winter weather, there's nothing quite like making a homemade comfort meal. You know the kind of meal that sticks to your ribs, and leaves you unbuttoning the button or zipper of your high waist jeans. Those types of meals are called comfort for a reason, and while they're on the menu all the time, they taste as good as ever. Making this classic and comforting cottage pie is high on that comfort food list, and I can guarantee it's one of those classics that you'll love over and over again, and is so easy to assemble.
Have you even heard of cottage pie? Think of it as the cousin of Shepherd's pie. Traditionally, Shepherd's pie is made from ground Dorset lamb, and while I did not use lamb in this recipe, it's technically not considered Shepherd's pie, hence why it's called cottage pie. Cottage pie originates from both England and Ireland, where potatoes were easily accessible and inexpensive. Quickly, people realized how filling and sustainable a dish like cottage pie could be, and due to the fact that many families lived in cottages. You can read more about these origins here. When I say this recipe for cottage pie is easy, I MEAN it. Plus you have the option to make this entire thing in one skillet or in a baking dish. Either way, the end result will be delicious and comforting.
Because this recipe was a meal for the three of us in my home for a weeknight, I opted to make the filling on a separate skillet, pour into an oven-safe baking dish, and bake it off in there. Plus my baking dish came with a cover so I also didn't have to worry about transferring it to a different storage container so *win*! The mixture is as easy as pie (hah), you need the essential ingredients, mashed potatoes for the top, a little paprika seasoning to give the potatoes color, and bake it for 20 minutes. Before you know it, dinner is already served (and likely devoured).
Words will never fully express my love for comfort food, especially cottage pie. Once you make this delicious recipe, you will know what I mean. I feel as though this is a beloved, yet underrated dish, and is sometimes overlooked because of the "extensive" amount of work needed, but the truth is, there is none! What I love about sharing recipes with my subscribers and my readers is making them accessible for anyone, and I know this one is perfect for you. Enjoy!
There aren't many tasty and deliciously comforting recipes quite like a shepherd's pie. In this instance, COTTAGE pie. A classic recipe made easy, accessible, and meal prep friendly for any home cook. Trust me, this one is a must!
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