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Dutch Oven Cottage Pie

Dutch Oven Cottage Pie

Dutch Oven Cottage Pie

One of our favorite cooking tools is our Dutch oven.

A Dutch oven is a large, heavy pot with a heavy lid. Most Dutch ovens are made from cast iron. It is very common to find modern Dutch ovens with an enamel coating. This enamel coating prevents the need for seasoning as with other cast iron cookware. It also is very easy to clean and maintain.

Dutch Oven Cottage Pie

One meal we have recently enjoyed making in our Dutch oven is cottage pie.

Cottage pie is basically the same thing as shepherds pie. Shepherds pie is typically made with lamb as the main protein ingredient. This makes sense being that shepherds would have access to lambs. Cottage pie is basically the same casserole but using beef as the protein ingredient.

Both of these “pies” are basically casseroles. They are a stew-like base covered with mashed potatoes and then baked. It is a delicious comfort food that will keep you warm through cool nights.

When making a Cottage Pie in a pie plate, you are able to crank up the heat a bit higher than you should with an enameled Dutch oven. If cooking in a pie plate, broiling the last couple of minutes will brown the top of the mashed potatoes for a pleasant crunch. With the Dutch oven, it is unlikely you will get that nice browning but it will still be just as delicious and you will have one less dish to wash.

A few things about this recipe:

  • We used frozen veggies to save time, but you it would be great to use fresh veggies. We used a mix of carrots, peas, celery, and green beans. You could use the same or mix in whatever veggies you like.
  • We also used a very simple, basic mashed potato recipe but you could even us pre-made or leftover mashed potatoes to save time.

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Dutch Oven Cottage Pie
Dutch Oven Cottage Pie Recipe
Course Main
Cuisine British
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Meat Filling
Course Main
Cuisine British
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Meat Filling
Dutch Oven Cottage Pie Recipe
Instructions
For Mashed Potatoes
  1. Boil potatoes. While boiling, start on the meat filling.
  2. Drain & mash potatoes. Stir in melted butter, sour cream, salt, pepper, and any other seasonings you like (chives, ranch mix)
For Meat Filling
  1. Brown meat in a Tbs of oil. When browned, drain meat on a paper towel lined plate
  2. Cook onions until softened, about 3-5 mins. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30sec-1 min.
  3. Place meat back into Dutch oven and add 2 Tbs flour, 1/4 tsp dried thyme, 1 Tbs Worcestershire, & 3 Tbs ketchup or tomato paste (if using tomato paste, add additional water in next step). Cook for about 30 secs stirring constantly.
  4. Add 1/2 c water and veggies and cook until veggies are softened and liquid starts to thicken. If you feel like it needs more liquid, add a bit more water 1/4 c at a time until it reaches a consistency you like. Salt & pepper to taste.
  5. Spread mashed potatoes over meat mixture and make decorative swirls with a fork. Place Dutch oven into oven for 10-15 mins. It is difficult to get the nice browning in a Dutch oven that you normally get in a pie plate but it will still taste amazing.
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