This is an excellent dish for using up the leftover remains of a large joint, although it can be made from scratch using raw minced meat.
Fry the onion in the olive oil until lightly brown. Mix with the meat, stock or gravy, port or vermouth, sauce, spices, herbs and seasoning, and spoon the mixture into an ovenproof dish. Spread the mashed potato over the top, and score the surface in lines with a fork.
Make a Cottage Pie by using beef instead of lamb.
Grated cheese, egg yolk, herbs, cream and spring onion are some of the things that can be added to the mashed potato topping for variety.
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