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


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


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



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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)



    The classic cut of meat for a British Sunday roast, beef is full of flavour, as well as being a…

  • 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



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  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 100ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…


  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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15th Feb, 2011
This is soooo good! Sometimes I put it in a pie dish with a puff pastry top and other times I serve it from the casserole pot with horseradish mash!
4th Jan, 2011
Was actually looking for a bourguignon recipe rather than a pie one, so just used this without the topping. Served with green beans and roast potatoes. It was amaaaazing!
28th Oct, 2010
husband, daughter and myself ranked this as the best meal cooked in a long while!! very tasty!
12th Oct, 2010
Very good, halved everything to make a dinner for two and also allowed for a good sized lunch the following day! had to make an additional amount of sauce/gravy because there didn't seem to be enough! was very tasty though and will make again!!!
28th Jul, 2010
Can not wait to try this one!
11th May, 2010
just getting started; so do I mix the bacon with the beef after fryin please?
26th Apr, 2010
I'm really surprised at reading everyone elses comments as I followed the recipe exactly and the meat had absolutely no flavour. very disappointing after that effort!
24th Oct, 2009
I rarely cook meat at home but had some carnivorous family members coming round for dinner so made this the day before to re-heat on the evening. It was very tasty and all my guests were impressed (some even took leftovers home with them).
28th Aug, 2009
Can anyone recommend the best way to reheat this when cooking from frozen?
24th May, 2009
Am I going mad but what do you do with the bacon? I assume you cook with the beef!


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