Beef Stew Cottage Pie

Yields: 4 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 20 Mins Cook Time: 5 Hr Total Time: 5 Hr 20 Mins

This cottage pie tastes absolutely amazing, melt-in-the-mouth shredded Guinness beef stew with caramelised vegetables.  It takes some time to make but it is most definitely worth it!

Ingredients

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Adjust Servings
    For the beef
  • For the caramelised vegetables
  • For the mash

Instructions

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  • Preheat the oven to 160°C/140°C Fan/Gas mark 3.
  • Over a high heat place a large oven proof casserole dish, add 2 tablespoons of oil. Generously season the beef with salt and pepper and fry in batches until browned all over and set aside.
  • Heat another tablespoon of oil in the same pan then add the carrots, onions, leeks, thyme, garlic, bay leaves and a good pinch of pepper. Cook for 10 minutes until the vegetables have browned and softened.
  • Pour the Guinness into the pan and leave to reduce by half, return the meat to the pan and cover with the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce. Cover with a lid and place in the oven for 4 hours.
  • Carefully remove all the meat from the casserole and set aside. Pass the cooking liquid through a sieve and pour into pan, place over a medium heat and bring to the boil, simmer to reduce the liquid by almost half.
  • Shred and chop the meat and add to the liquid, set aside.
  • Heat a large frying pan, add a tablespoon of oil and the onions, sprinkle over the sugar. Fry the onions until softened and caramelised. Now add the cubed carrots and cook for a further 7-8 minutes until slightly softened.
  • Add the caramelised vegetables to the meat, season and place in a oven proof dish and allow to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C/Gas mark 6.
  • For the mash, add the potatoes to a pan of salted water bring the pan to the boil and cook until tender. Dry out the potatoes in a hot pan for 15-20 seconds. Pass the potatoes through a potatoes ricer or mash smoothly, mix in the butter and milk. Season to taste.
  • Spoon the mashed potato on top and rough the surface with a fork. Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until bubbling and golden brown. Enjoy!

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