cottage pie

It’s that time of year when we’re starting to enjoy cooler weather and you’re wanting nothing more than a comfort food to enjoy.  Right?  A slight change to what you may know as a Shepherd’s Pie.  I give you my version, a COTTAGE PIE. A Gully Creek Cottage Pie that is!

A deliciously tasty and easy comfort food that everyone in your family will enjoy.

cottage pie

A shepherds pie in England means a casserole made of mashed potatoes, vegetables, and lamb or mutton.  Hence why I changed mine to a CoTTage PiE because it contains no lamb or mutton.  Simply spiced up & browned ground meat, combined with vegetables in a robust gravy and a flavorful layer of hot, creamy, mashed potatoes all topped with a layer of cheese.  Delicious right?  And how can you go wrong with such a combo!

cottage pie

Creamy, meaty, cheesy…what’s not to love?  But, here’s are the other reasons I love this dish.

  1. It’s an easy meal to prepare
  2. it’s filling and will leave you completely satisfied.  (Comfort at it’s best!)
  3. it contains ingredients typically handy in your pantry and freezer.

*You can even make the meat mixture the day before so the next day you just need to make the potatoes, layer, and bake!

cottage pie

So what is involved here?  It’s as easy as browning the meat, seasoning, and frozen veggies.  Then you start on a batch of mashed potatoes that I like to season up with lots of flavor like rosemary & chives.  You layer your meat mixture in a casserole, (ovenproof) dish and top with mashed potatoes, then sprinkle as much or as little cheese as you’d like. Bake and you’ve got a wonderful, hearty, and filling dish.  (My mouth is watering all over again y’all!)

cottage pie

I made a double batch this last time so I could share one with my daughter.

(Easy to do and you can even freeze, thaw, and have later.)

cottage pie

Super cheesy, creamy, filling, & delicious!

gully creek COTTAGE PIE


  • 4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder, rosemary, chives
  • mixed vegetables (frozen)
  • 1 /4 c. onion, chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour. (Can sub with GF All purpose blend)
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 3/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and mash.
  3. Mix in butter, finely chopped onion.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste; rosemary & chives and set aside.
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.)
  6. Add ground beef and onion and cook until well browned.
  7. Pour off excess fat, then stir in flour and cook 1 minute.
  8. Add ketchup, beef broth, and veggies.
  9. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  10. Spread the ground beef mixture in an even layer on the bottom of a 2 quart casserole dish.
  11. Top with the mashed potato mixture and sprinkle with remaining shredded cheese.
  12. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let me know how you like this dish so I can share lots more comfort dishes this fall and winter!

Join me soon as I’ll be sharing some holiday decor at our temporary casa GCC,  and some holiday fun ideas!


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