Beef bourguignon cottage pie

Beef bourguignon cottage pie

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(36 ratings)

Prep: 45 mins - 55 mins Cook: 2 hrs - 2 hrs, 45 mins

Easy

Serves 6

A hearty meal for all the family, by Gary Rhodes. You can prepare it up to a month in advance

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition:

  • kcal653
  • fat30g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs36g
  • sugars3g
  • fibre3g
  • protein44g
  • salt2.26g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil
  • 200g pack bacon lardons
  • 900g braising steak, cut into 3cm chunks
  • 225g button mushrooms
  • 225g button onions or small shallots, peeled
    Shallot

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  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 600ml red wine
  • 400g can beef consommé (or use 400ml/14floz beef stock)
    Beef

    Beef

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  • 1-2 tbsp cornflour, loosened with 1-2 tbsp red wine or water

For the mashed potatoes

  • 1kg medium, floury potatoes, preferably Maris Piper or Desirée, quartered
    Potato

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  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 100ml milk

    Milk

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Method

  1. (Up to a month ahead) heat the oil in a large pan. Fry the bacon lardons over a high heat for several mins until well coloured. Using a slotted spoon, remove from the pan, drain on kitchen paper and set aside. Season the beef, then fry in the fat left in the pan. Once coloured, add all the remaining ingredients for the beef, except the cornfl our and bacon, and bring to a simmer. Partly cover the pan with a lid and continue to cook for a further 2-2½ hrs or until the beef is tender.

  2. Once cooked, tip everything into a colander set over another pan so you can catch the sauce. Tip the contents of the colander into a large pie dish, about 28cm x 23cm x 5cm. Re-boil the sauce and check for seasoning. Thicken with the loosened cornfl our, adding a little at a time and stirring until you have the desired coating consistency. Spoon enough sauce over the beef to barely cover and loosen it, then stir. Remaining sauce can be frozen, ready to re-heat and offer separately on the day.

  3. While the beef is cooling, make the mash. Boil the potatoes until tender, 15-20 mins, depending on size. Drain off the water and replace the lid. Shake the pan to break up the boiled potatoes. Add butter and milk a little at a time while mashing. Season.

  4. Spoon and spread the mashed potatoes on top of the cooled beef. Once covered, the mash can be marked with a spoon, palette knife or fork for a more interesting fi nish (see Gary’s tip, left). When cold, the cottage pie is ready to cover and freeze.

  5. The day before serving, transfer the pie to the fridge to defrost overnight. (Or reheat from frozen on the day, see below.)

  6. On the day, reheat the pie. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. If thawed, bake for 50 mins-1 hr, or until heated through, then increase heat to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6 for the fi nal 10 mins for a golden brown topping. If cooking from frozen, cover with foil, then bake for 1¼ hrs; remove foil and bake uncovered for 1¼ hrs more, then increase heat as above for the last 10 mins.

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oliviajt
26th Jan, 2014
5.05
Absolutely delicious dish, beef very tender, flavours perfect. I used the beef consommé as was making for a dinner party and thought it would be richer. Went down a treat with everyone. Will definitely make again and would certainly recommend
tonycooke
26th Apr, 2013
5.05
OK as a mere male who is pretty new at cooking ,but enjoy having a go.............i done the bacon and set it aside.......Now what do i do with it. It says add everything except the bacon and cornflour........so what do i do with the bacon ?
oliviajt
26th Jan, 2014
5.05
Add the bacon into the beef when you put it into the pie dish, just before adding the sauce and then add the potato on top.
ail4978
9th Mar, 2013
Want to make this but can someone who has tell me if you leave bacon out or not pleeeese!!!
maryechappell
28th Feb, 2013
Very nice - ate some and have frozen some! 4 stars (still cannot register stars on this site)
ladyw00d
7th Feb, 2013
I have made this recipe a number of times and enjoyed it. However, it is not clear whether the lardens are actually added to the dish or are they just for flavouring the oil? Mary
cinnamon_sal
12th Jan, 2013
4.05
I added the bacon to everything just before it went into the oven
cinnamon_sal
12th Jan, 2013
4.05
Lovely recipe, although there wasn't enough sauce really, barely enough to use in the pie let alone any for gravy. Maybe I did something wrong? Having said that, I would make it again
kelh76
14th Oct, 2012
Personally I would add the bacon back to the pan with all other ingredients after browning the beef.
sheranju2
2nd Jul, 2012
when do we add bacon then , after the 2 hr stewing process or before ????????????

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Rachelen
2nd Feb, 2016
How long would the meat part of the dish keep in the fridge until ready to construct with the mash and heat through? I was hoping to make it on a Friday and eat it on the Sunday. Thank you
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goodfoodteam
21st Mar, 2016
Yes it will be fine for you to keep the meat part of this recipe in the fridge for 2 days before topping.
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