Irish Cottage Pie

Irish cottage pie.

A very traditional Irish cottage pie made from ground beef.

Cottage pie is an Irish dish made from ground meat and cheesy mashed potatoes. It is usually made in Ireland and all around the world to celebrate the Saint Patrick’s day.

I have tried this dish for the first time in my life and have to say that it was better than I expected. It was all gone before it cooled down 🙂 I just loved the flavors and the texture. Yum 🙂

Irish Cottage Pie.

Irish Cottage Pie


  • 500g ground beef
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped finely
  • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into small cubes
  • 1 stalk of green celery, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, you can also use 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 100g of mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • prepared mashed potatoes from approximately 1kg of potatoes
  • Optional: 200ml red wine
Irish Cottage Pie


  • Cheesy mashed potatoes: Make the mashed potatoes as usual. Then add the cheddar cheese and mix well. Set aside.
  • Cottage pie: In a large saucepan, bake the ground beef until brown (no longer pink), then add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic.
    Allow the vegetables to soften for 2-3 minutes; then add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and allow to cook over medium heat until most of the liquid has been absorbed; approximately 15-20 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  • Remove the thyme and bay leaves and place the meat mixture in an oven-safe casserole dish; then evenly top with prepared mashed potatoes so the meat mixture is fully covered.
  • Bake for 30 minutes until golden brown.
Irish Cottage Pie

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