January 6, 2010

Cottage Pie made (and enjoyed) with Beer - Dinner under $10

Since I knew that my other half would be missing out on my recent Telepan dinner, I decided to combine his 2 favorite ingredients (beer and meat) to make an easy, inexpensive Cottage Pie for his dinner that night.

Cottage Pie is basically Shepherd's Pie where ground beef is used instead of ground lamb.  It's an easy recipe that uses ingredients that are usually readily available in our refrigerator and pantry.

 Ingredients (approx $7, NYC prices):
 1 lb ground beef ($1.99)
1 onion ($0.50, as you can see from the photo, I just used whatever I had on hand!)
1.5-2 lbs potatoes ($1.50, I used 5 yukon gold potatoes)
1 stick or 8 Tbpn of butter ($0.50)
2 cups frozen peas ($1.50, you can use frozen corn and carrots too)
1 tsp Worscheshire sauce (on hand)
1/2 bottle dark beer ($1, Guinness is perfect)
salt and pepper to taste (on hand)
1. Boil water for potatoes on stove top.
2. Chop potatoes into quarters
3. Add potatoes to boiling water.  Boil potatoes until softened (approx 20 mins)
 4. While potatoes are boiling, dice onion.
5. Add half of the butter (1/2 stick or 4 Tbsp) to a large pan.  Add chopped onions and brown them.
 6. Add the ground beef to the onions.
7. As you are browning the beef, add the Worcestershire sauce and beer. Also add salt and pepper to taste.
8. Add the frozen peas to the beef mixture.
9. Preheat the oven to 400F.
 10. Put the softened potatoes and other half of the butter in a bowl and mash them (The dish will be prettier if you remove the skins - I was in a rush and kept them in). Add some salt to taste.
11. Spread the beef mixture on the bottom of a baking pan.
 12. Spread the potatoes on top.  With a fork, make tiny peaks so that they will get browned in the oven.
13. Place the baking pan into the heated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until potatoes are sufficiently browned. 

14. Serve and enjoy!

My husband paired his Cottage Pie with Goose Island Night Stalker.  It is an Imperial Stout, jet black in color like the Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, and is pretty thick, almost viscous.  It becomes more sweet as it opens up but does have some good hop bitterness.  He tasted flavors of rich dark fruit, chocolate cocoa, malt with molasses on the finish.  It also tips the scale at about 11.7% ABV.  He bought a 1/2 growler ($14) of this hard-to-find beer from New Beer Distributors.


  1. whoop whoop... i am loving beer as an ingredient lately!!!

  2. i have to add this to the list of so many things i haven't yet tried making at home, but probably should

  3. Sounds delicious! My favorite cottage pie recipe uses red wine, but I imagine the addition of Guiness would be amazing!

  4. I've never tried cottage pie, but it looks very good! I like that it pairs well with beer!

  5. Those NY groceries tend to cost more than our LA items. It's frightening sometimes! :) By now, you probably know exactly where to go to get the goods. Delicious, homey meal.

  6. I love that beer is an ingredient. It looks delicious, such a comforting classic meal!!

  7. What a great looking dish! and affordable. :)

  8. @ A Year on the Grill - Check out our other beer recipe - Chili...so good!

    @ Justin - Thanks! Please let us know how it goes!

    @ TastyEatsAtHome - ooh...red wine...will try that next time!

    @ FLB - It's so easy to make. My fave beer pairing, however, is chocolate with stout!

    @ The Duo Dishes - Thanks! I like stating my NYC prices b/c I'm pretty sure it's cheaper than most places so I know that everyone else can find this dish affordable.

    @Donna - We love using beer, especially in the winter, because it gives that rich, hearty flavor.

    @Sook - Thanks so much!

  9. GREAT dish! And look at that beer pairing! Love it.


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