The cottage pie recipe is one of our traditional recipes in France. It suits every one as it’s just a mix of  ground beef, mashed potatoes and grated cheese. Cottage pie is an easy recipe. More, it’s quite quick to cook and it really feels you up! Be sure your children will be mad with this dish and it will allow you to feed the whole family quickly and for cheap, as we usually put leftover meat to cook this balanced meal. To be totally balanced, serve this dish with a side salad.

This main course is a good way to avoid food to be wasted! You can use up any leftover meat. Don’t forget we use to make it with beef  but you can also make it with any meat such as chicken, veal, sausages etc and why not trying to use some fish leftover? I’m just thinking about that  while I’m writing these words! Fish goes well with potatoes, doesn’t it? I’ll try and I’ll let you know:)

Right, now, it’s time to share the recipe with you. Ready?

preparation time for cottage pie recipe

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 1 K Potatoes
  • 400 or 500 gr ground beef (minced beef)
  • 1 Parsley bunch
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 150 gr Swiss cheese
  • 2 Tea spoons grated nutmeg
  • 2 Table spoons olive oil
  • 2 Table spoons double cream
  • 250 Ml Milk


  1. Peel onion and garlic clove
  2. Peel potatoes and cut them into pieces. Put them in a watery pan and bring to a boil. Cook for 20 minutes (until tender)
  3. Grind or mince your piece of meat
  4. Chop thinly onion and garlic clove
  5. Fry onion and garlic with 2 table spoons olive oil over low heat until tender
  6. Wash parsley and chop thinly parsley leaves. Mix them with meat, onion and garlic and add salt and pepper as taste
  7. Preheat oven to 180°
  8. Drain potatoes and mash them. Add 250 ml milk and 2 table spoons double cream
  9. Mix and add 2 tea spoons grated nutmeg and salt as taste. Mix again until all ingredients are totally combined
  10. Spread a bake dish with butter and place first half of your mashed potatoes layer
  11. Then place the minced meat layer and cover with remaining mashed potatoes
  12. Top with Swiss cheese layer
  13. Place in oven, turn on the grill if you have one and bake for about 15 minutes, until it’s light golden brown and cheese is melted
  14. Bon appétit!