Cottage pie with parmesan mash

Cottage pie with parmesan mash



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600g Chuck steak, trimmed and diced

Plain flour, for dusting

1 Onion, sliced

1 cup Red wine

1 cup Beef stock

700g Potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces

¼ cup Milk

½ cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Mixed steamed greens, to serve


  • Preheat the oven to 170°C. Place a large casserole over a moderately high heat. Lightly dust the beef in the flour and cook in a small amount of olive oil for 6 minutes or until nicely coloured. Take the meat out of the pan. You may have to do this in 2 batches.
  • Add the onion to the pan and cook for 1 minute or until lightly coloured. Add the meat back in, along with the wine and stock. Bring up to the boil, cover and bake for 2 hours or until the meat is very tender. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until tender. Mash until smooth, adding the milk and most of the cheese, reserving a little for later. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn the oven up to 180°C, and place the meat into a baking dish. Spoon the mash on top and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until piping hot and nicely coloured. Serve with broccoli and green beans.


  • If you prefer pulled meat, try roughly shredding the cooked beef with 2 forks.
  • Both the meat mixture and the mashed potato can be pre-prepared and refrigerated.
  • For a herby variation, try folding some chopped parsley or chives through the mash.
  • You can substitute the Parmesan cheese with grated Cheddar cheese.
  • For a bigger veggie hit, try adding some diced carrots or celery along with the sliced onion.
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