Traditional English Cottage Pie With Cheese and Leek Topping
60 mins (prep 30, cooking 30)
18 ingredients
4-6 servings
Cottage pie, like its opposite lamb number, Shepherd's pie, was the ingenious idea of housewives many years ago, in order to create another warm and comforting meal usually from the Sunday Lunch left-overs! Cooked beef or lamb were diced or shredded and sometimes the vegetables were added to the meat mixture - such as peas or carrots. This recipe uses raw minced beef, but you could use minced cooked beef if you wish, I have added it as an alternative. The leeks were always added to the mashed potato topping when I was growing up - it was another way of utilising the leftovers! A bit like a Bubble and Squeak topping. I am not a lover of peas being added in my Cottage Pie, so I have suggested them as an option - I always prefer carrots as the vegetable to be added. Try to use mature Farmhouse Cheddar cheese for the topping - a little goes a long way, as it is so strong in flavour. The cheese is very luxurious, but takes this simple and comforting pie to a higher taste level, in my humble opinion! Serve bubbling hot straight from the oven with steamed cabbage, carrots or any seasonal vegetables and a jug of gravy.

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Serving Size (525.8 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 466.02 Calories from Fat 196.11
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21.79g 134.08%
Saturated Fat 13.63g 272.61%
Trans Fat 0.46g %
Cholesterol 65.35mg 87.13%
Sodium 540.3mg 90.05%
Total Carbohydrate 52.81g 70.41%
Dietary Fiber 6.14 g 98.2%
Sugars 6.74 g %
Protein 16.64g 133.15%
Vitamin A 1211.32IU% Vitamin C 50.32mg%
Calcium 336.78mg% Iron 2.75mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
cooked beef, cooked, cooked peas, tomato puree, cooked