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Classic Cottage Pie with Irish Cabbage & Peas

Classic Cottage Pie with Irish Cabbage & Peas


Celebrity Chef Anthony Sedlak shook things up on our set with some high-energy fun in the kitchen! He loves using real ingredients to create comfort dishes with big taste.  

Classic Cottage Pie with Irish Cabbage & Peas

By Chef Anthony Seklak
Serving for 4




4 tablespoons vegetable oil
500 grams ground beef
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup diced onion, about 1/2 medium
1 cup diced celery, about 1 stalk
2 cups diced carrot, about 2 medium
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping tbsp tomato paste
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup red wine
2 1/2 cups beef stock
1 sprig rosemary
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste


7 medium cooking potatoes, peeled and quartered
3 cloves garlic, smashed
1/3 cup butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup 35% whipping cream
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

For Assembly:

1 9-inch square casserole dish
Extra grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup bread crumbs (optional)
Salt and pepper

Irish Peas and Cabbage



2 cups frozen sweet peas
2 strips bacon, roughly diced
1/2 head small Savoy cabbage, core removed and thinly sliced
1/2 small onion, sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 tablespoon butter
salt and pepper to taste



Add 2 tbsp vegetable oil to large saucepot over medium high heat. Add ground beef. Allow excess liquid to bubble away; stir and cook until meat is well browned and crispy, about 8-10 minutes. Drain excess fat using a colander. Deglaze pot with red wine, scraping up browned bits and let reduce slightly.

In another large pot, add remaining vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add onions, carrots and celery; cook until golden, about 5-7 minutes. Add garlic, stir briefly and add tomato paste. Brown paste slightly and sprinkle in flour. Cook out for a minute or two. Add in red wine from deglazing beef, scraping up crispy brown bits from bottom of pan. Add beef stock, rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Return browned meat to pot. Simmer, covered for 20-25 minutes. Remove lid and continue cooking for another 10 minutes; liquid will reduce and thicken. Remove rosemary, thyme and bay leaf. Season well with salt and pepper.


Add quartered potatoes and smashed garlic to medium pot. Fill pot with cold water just to cover potatoes; season cooking water well with salt (it should taste like the sea) and bring to a boil. Boil on medium high heat until potatoes are tender but not overdone, about 15-20 minutes. Strain potatoes; let dry out slightly in colander before returning to pot. Add cream, butter, pepper, Parmesan cheese and more salt if necessary. Mash roughly with fork or potato masher.

For Assembly:

Preheat oven to 400. Spoon filling into the bottom of a 10-inch round casserole dish. Top with potatoes. Grate parmesan cheese on top and dot surface evenly with butter. Season with salt and pepper and, if using, sprinkle over breadcrumbs. Bake on middle rack until top is golden and filling is warmed through, about 20-25 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes before serving.

Irish Peas and Cabbage:

Heat vegetable oil in a medium pan over medium high heat. Saute bacon until light golden.  Add sliced onion and sauté until onion is translucent and just starting to colour. Add cabbage and sweat, cooking down until cabbage softens, about 5 minutes. Blanch peas in a pot of boiling salted water. Drain and add to cabbage mixture. Add butter and fold to coat lightly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


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