Holiday Pies Recipes

Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie is a fabulous English classic, one that us Aussies have adopted as one of our beloved winter favorites! Or in my case, all-year-round-favourite.

Easy to make, economical, every day ingredients and 100% freezer friendly, it’s the sort of food that has universal appeal.

What is Cottage Pie?

  • Cottage pie is a meat and vegetable-filled pie topped with mashed potatoes and baked.
  • Prep a day in advance, cover, and refrigerate. Set it out 30 minutes before baking. Or, once assembled, let cottage pie cool. Wrap and freeze for up to 4 weeks. Let the pie thaw overnight and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Quick and easy, homemade cottage pie is a perfectly portable dish! Serve with a slice of fresh   irish soda bread for sopping up the savory sauce.

Cottage Pie vs Shepherd’s Pie

What’s the difference between cottage pie vs. shepherd’s pie? It’s the meat! While many of us make this dish with ground beef and call it Shepherd’s pie, a true  classic sherpherd ‘s pie is made with ground lamb while a cottage pie is made with ground beef or another type of ground meat.

How to freeze Cottage Pie

Cottage Pie is one of those rare foods that is truly perfect to make in advance. It will keep in the fridge for 4 days – assembled and ready to heat, or once cooked.

You can also freeze Cottage Pie 100% perfectly. You can bake from frozen – though it does take around 1 hour (it’s a formidable block of ice!!) or thaw then bake. Cooked leftovers also freeze well.



  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 onion , finely chopped
  • 1 carrot , finely chopped*
  • 1 celery , finely chopped*
  • 750g / 1.5 lb beef mince (ground beef)

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