Are you ready to experience the ultimate comfort food? Picture this: tender beef, sautéed carrots, onions, and garlic, all smothered in a rich red wine gravy and topped with a fluffy golden crust of mashed potatoes. This is slow cooker cottage pie – a dish that will warm your heart and make your taste buds dance with joy!
When it comes to slow cooker recipes, this one takes the cake (or should we say, pie)! And let me tell you why you should give it a try.
Reasons to Make Slow Cooker Cottage Pie
Freezer Friendly: This recipe is perfect for batch cooking and freezing. Prepare a big batch of cottage pie and save some for later. Trust me, it tastes even better the next day!
Leftover Heaven: Make more than you need, because the leftovers are divine. Enjoy the flavors of this hearty pie for lunch or dinner the following day.
Now, let’s dive into the details and see how you can create this culinary masterpiece.
- Minced beef (or substitute with minced turkey, pork or lamb)
- Beef stock, red wine, and tomato puree (for the rich and flavorful gravy)
- Mushrooms, carrots, onions, and garlic (adds depth and enhances the taste)
- Potatoes (to make the creamy and dreamy mashed potato topping)
- Butter, milk, and Greek yogurt (for the extra creaminess and flavor)
- Frozen peas (optional, but highly recommended for a pop of color and freshness)
Step by Step Instructions
Start by browning the beef until it develops a rich, dark color. If your slow cooker has a stovetop-safe bowl, you can do this step directly in the slow cooker. Otherwise, use a skillet to brown the beef to perfection.
Soften the onions and garlic in the same skillet, scraping up those flavorful bits of beef. Add in the mushrooms and carrots, and sauté until the mushrooms turn golden and the veggies are tender.
Transfer everything from the skillet to the slow cooker. If you’ve used a stovetop-safe slow cooker bowl, simply add the tomato puree, flour, red wine, and beef stock directly into the slow cooker and mix well.
Cook the cottage pie filling on high for 3 hours, or low for 6-8 hours. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add a handful of frozen peas for an extra burst of freshness.
Once the filling is cooked, taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add extra salt, pepper, or thyme to enhance the flavors. If the gravy is too thick, a splash of water can help. While the filling is in the slow cooker, let’s prepare the mashed potato topping.
Scoop the filling into an ovenproof skillet or pie dish and spoon the mashed potato on top. For an irresistible golden crust, drag a fork across the top of the potatoes and dot with extra butter. Place under the grill for around 10 minutes until the potatoes turn golden and crispy.
- Get ready to experience culinary satisfaction when you pull this masterpiece out of the oven. The brown gravy gently bubbling up around the golden mashed potato lid is a sight to behold.
This slow cooker cottage pie is a testament to true love and the joy of home-cooked meals.
More Slow Cooker Recipes
- Slow Cooker Chicken Korma
- Slow Cooker Bolognese
Tools used to make this Slow Cooker Cottage Pie:
- Sear and Stew Slow Cooker (3.5L)
- Nonstick Skillet
If you want to experience the magic of slow cooker cottage pie, I invite you to try this recipe. It’s the perfect dish for cozy evenings and gathering around the table with loved ones. So, grab your apron, head to the kitchen, and let the aroma of this comfort food classic fill your home.
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Thank you for joining me on this culinary adventure. If you have any questions or want to share your experience, I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment and a rating below.
–By BDK Restaurant