Cottage Pie



While browsing through Disney recipes at a few weeks ago, I discovered this gem.  A lot of the Disney recipes are complicated and not something that you’d want to create in your kitchen on an ordinary week night.  But this recipe from the Rose and Crown restaurant in England in EPCOT stands out from the crowd.  It has week night supper written all over it, especially after a few adaptations.  Put on Illuminations music, pretend you’ve snagged a water front table at Rose and Crown for the excellent fireworks show and eat up.  Tuesday night doesn’t get any better 😉

Here’s what you’ll need:


I am not a huge fan of instant mashed potatoes.  In fact, this is the first time I’ve ever made them, other than when I used to cook in a restaurant.  I’m not against eating them, I just don’t usually make them at home.  But I have this box of Idaho Spuds that I’d bought to make CocoNot Cookies and it just made sense to use some of them for this recipe.

Cottage Pie
  • 1½ lbs. ground beef
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 jar of beef gravy
  • salt and pepper
  • ¼ tsp. thyme
  • dash of sage
  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • butter, to dot pie
  1. Brown out the ground beef with the onion. Drain and rinse the meat under hot water.
  2. Add the thyme, sage, salt and pepper and gravy to the meat.
  3. Pour into a lightly buttered casserole dish.
  4. Top with mashed potatoes. Dot with butter.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are browned a bit.


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  1. That looks pretty yummy! I think I would add a can of cream corn to it though. I think I may have to give this a try!

  2. Looks like a simple, yummy and satisfying meal to me! When my budget has been really tight I have used instant. They are too bad doctored up a bit.

  3. What a comforting dish!

  4. I loved this recipe! I did add some Worcheshire sauce to the meat for some additional flavor. I also added steamed frozen peas between the layers of meat and mashed potatoes for some added texture and color to the dish. This is definitely some good comfort food!

    • Hillary, I love the idea of worchestershire sauce and the veggies. I’ll have to try that out next time. thanks for sharing!

  5. I assume you prepared the potatoes according to the package directions then added them to the top?

  6. I have made this so many times ! Thank you so much for the delicious recipe – especially since it’s from Disney!

  7. I put sauted kale on beef stew. Combined two leftovers; good for low carb lifestyle. Glory brand kale is bite sized pieces; ready to cook.

  8. Looks mighty tasty! Love love love simple quick dishes like this. Thanks much for sharing….

  9. Stargazer says:

    This recipe is just Shepherd’s pie without the canned vegetables.

  10. Stewart Ness says:

    As a regular reader from the UK, I can confirm that this is an authentic recipe and its pretty much how I’d make it. Although, I would make my own mashed potatoes for the topping and i would probably add baby carrots. Also, Shepherds Pie is made from Lamb, not beef.

  11. Add green beans to the meat and gravy mix — We have been eating this since we were kids my mom calls it Shepards Pie though!

  12. Why do you rinse the meat ????
    Doesn’t it loose all its flavor like that ?


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