Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Angela Lansbury's Cottage Pie

If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you are no doubt aware that, in addition to loving cooking, I also love mysteries. It should come as no surprise, then, that I collect mystery cookbooks (and have the draft of one I edited years ago still unpublished). Some of these books I cook from, others not, and it should be fairly obvious which is which just by looking at the picture.
Over the weekend, I pulled out the Murder, She Wrote Cookbook and stared paging through. I came upon Angela Lansbury's recipe for Cottage Pie, and had to make it.
I did so during the opening day of baseball season, while watching the abysmal game between the Cardinals and Pirates and was only too happy to have the diversion. Cottage Pie, like Shepherd's Pie, is a greatcleaning out the fridge” kind of meal because it makes use of all of those leftover vegetables that you have haunting your fridge.
I like to make mine in individual dishes, and pipe on the mashed potatoes to make for an elegant presentation of a rather peasant dish, but the piping is not at all necessary.
This is a tasty meal, paired nicely with a fruit cup and glass of burgundy.

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martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

J'aime ce genre de plat accompagné d'une bonne salade nouvelle du jardin !! Que du délice.
Une photo qui fait saliver !! hummm il est presque midi !!

Gros bisous

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

I love a good cottage pie! Thanks for sharing her recipe - I will have to give it a try for sure!!


Yes, I too love both... a good mystery and cooking. This recipe looks like a Shepherds Pie. Thanks for sharing Patti.
Love all your mystery books too.

Sue/the view from great island said...

Murder She Wrote was my mom's favorite show, and cottage pie is one of my favorite meals --- I've never used tomato puree in mine, I'll have to try, thanks!

sandy said...

this looks and reads ...delicious..." I have never even read a book by her. Maybe it's time to do so someday.

Mae Travels said...

Great -- that you are keeping alive the distinction between cottage pie (with beef) and shepherd's pie (with lamb, though you didn't mention it).

Even greater -- that you have mystery cookbooks! I just started looking for them a few months ago. I have some that are on your shelf, some that aren't. Do you have the Nancy Drew cookbook? I bought it but haven't really looked through it yet.

Not so great -- the Cardinals. I never watch baseball but if I did my St.Louis roots would show.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Organized Island said...

The cottage pie looks really great! So warm and comforting! I remember that series and did not now they had a cookbook.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

That looks great, wish I had some right now.

Many thanks for the recipe. Looks so elegant.