Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Scalloped Potato Cottage Pie #‎BloggerCLUE


Welcome to the second installment of the Blogger C.L.U.E.  Society Monthly Challenge.  The challenge this month was to come up with something our grandmothers would have cooked from our fellow C.L.U.E. Society member's blog.   I was assigned Kate from Kate's Kitchen.  

This was a bit of a challenge for me because my grandmother was born in 1900 in Sri Lanka, so most of the cooking she did was native to her homeland.  I was not expecting to find too many Sri Lankan dishes on Kate's blog so I knew I had to ask my mother more questions about what my grandmother would have eaten or cooked.  My mother reminded me that Sri Lanka was a British Crown Colony during a majority of my grandmother's life and she lived in England for several years during the 1960's.  I decided a British dish like Shepard's Pie or Cottage Pie would have been something she would have eaten and maybe even cooked.  

I was thrilled to find Kate had Cottage Pie on her blog.  I have made several Cottage/Shepard's pies on my blog, but never like Kate's dish.  What made Kate's recipe stand out to me was her Scalloped Potato Topping.  I have never seen anything like that before on a Cottage pie and was very intrigued to try it out.  Well, it was so easy to put together and  my husband especially loved the scalloped potatoes.  I may have a new favorite way of topping cottage pie now!

My grandmother was a very elegant lady and I am sure she would have been very pleased by the dish I chose in honor of her memory today.      


 Cottage Pie  Recipe 
       by Kate from Kate's Kitchen

1 T olive oil
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 large carrots, diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 T tomato paste
coarsely ground salt and pepper
1 lb ground beef or lamb (I used ground chicken)
2 t fresh thyme leaves (it's fine to substitute with dried)
1 1/2 c dark beer
1/4 c red wine (Cabernet or zinfandel would be best)
2 T flour
3/4 c frozen peas
1 c grated extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 large russet potato very thinly sliced (use a mandolin if you have one)
2 T olive oil
coarsely ground salt and pepper

Saute onion, carrots and garlic in one tablespoon of olive oil.   Once onion is softened add tomato paste and cook for a minute.  Then add the ground meat (beef, lamb or chicken) and cook with the sauteed onions until browned.  Next add the beer, wine and thyme and bring to a boil until the liquid reduces.  Then sprinkle flour and stir quickly to avoid lumps. Finally add the peas and heat through.   Pour the mixture into a casserole dish and top with the grated cheddar cheese.  Next thinly slice potato (I used a mandolin slicer to make easy work of this job) and layer potato over cheese.  Drizzle 2 Tbs of olive oil over scalloped potatoes then season them with salt and black pepper.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes (I placed my dish on top of a baking sheet to avoid any spills).  Allow dish to rest for 10 minutes before serving. 

For step by step photos check out Kate's Blog here: 
Cottage Pie


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  1. What a wonderful selection! And I love, love all the photos of your beautiful grandmother. I'm glad this theme gave you a chance to honor and remember her :)

  2. I'm so glad you enjoyed this dish, Ramona! Loved learning about your grandmother and seeing her photo :-)

  3. Wow, this recipe sounds delicious. Great choice, and I'm pinning this to try soon. I love that you included photos of your beautiful grandmother. I had thought about doing that, but we just moved and I honestly don't know where that big box of family photos are. Nice cooking with you this month for our group.

  4. Oh my goodness. What a great choice...this looks absolutely delectable.

  5. You and I had the same grandmother issue, though mine was from Armenia. It makes for a bit of a challenge, but you worked around it marvelously! The cottage pie looks like awesome comfort food, especially since things are cooling down here again.

  6. Your grandmother was indeed a beautiful woman--thanks for sharing pictures of her. Your cottage pie is gorgeous and I love the scalloped potato topping!

  7. your grandma looks so pretty ur recipe too........

  8. Your grandmother was beautiful! How lovely to have such wonderful pictures of her. The cottage pie looks delicious - I've never heard of it but can't wait to try it!

  9. This sounds fantastic. I all all the multiple flavor layers in this dish.

    I also love your photos. I enjoy learning the family histories of other people. Your grandmother was beautiful!

  10. A lovely dish and tribute to your grandmother. xo Catherine

  11. Doing a scalloped potato topping instead of the traditional mashed potato topping looks awesome, Ramona! This looks like an awesome winter dish for sure (especially on a snow day!).

  12. Lots of comfort food posted today. I attribute that to our grandmotherly theme. Thanks for posting the beautiful pics of your and mother. Excellent post.

  13. What a beautiful cottage pie, Ramona! Kate is so creative; I love that scalloped potato topping instead of the typical mashed potatoes. Great choice for the challenge!

  14. What a perfect dish and especially with the chilly and rainy weather upon us - this would be so wonderful. Happy Holidays to you and your family!

  15. WOW! How neat! oh and your grandmother was such a beautiful woman! Well done!

  16. Love the photos of your grandmother, she was beautiful! And you chose a perfect dish…it looks delicious!

  17. I've always seen this type of pie with mashed potatoes on top but I have to confess, the scalloped potato version sounds even better! Plus, the pictures of your grandmother are lovely :)

  18. Your grandmother was gorgeous and this dish would have made her very proud!

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