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Golden-brown Cottage Pie in a Roasting Dish

Mary Berry's Cottage Pie with Dauphinoise Potatoes

Mary Berry’s Cottage Pie is a posh version of a traditional British dish featuring earthy mushroom flavours and creamy dauphinoise potatoes. This family meal is fun to make, looks impressive and tastes great too.
Course Main Course
Cuisine British
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Baking time 30 minutes
Servings 7
Author Lea


  • oven roasting dish with the inside measurements of 35 x 25 x 5 cm
  • Cooking pot
  • larger frying pan with a lid or casserole dish
  • a small bowl
  • grater
  • knife and chopping board
  • potato peeler
  • colander
  • utensils


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 900 g beef mince
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 4 sticks celery diced
  • 50 g plain flour
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 300 ml beef stock
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp light muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp thyme dry or fresh
  • 250 g small brown chestnut mushrooms sliced
  • dash of gravy browning optional
  • salt and pepper
  • 1.5 kg King Edward potatoes peeled and cut into 4mm slices
  • 150 ml double cream
  • 100 g strong cheddar grated


  • Fry the beef in the frying pan until golden brown and set it aside. It helps if you do it in smaller batches in a large, fairly hot pan.
  • Use the same pan for frying the onion and celery. Fry until the vegetable starts to soften and return the meat to the pan. 
  • Whisk the wine and flour in a bowl to create a smooth mix, then whisk in the stock and add the liquid to the pan together with Worcestershire sauce, sugar and thyme. 
  • Bring to simmer and stir regularly while the sauce is thickening.
  • Add mushrooms and gravy browning (optional); season with salt and pepper. 
  • Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 45 minutes. Add more liquid if needed and occasionally stir as the flour tends to stick to the bottom.
  • Bring water to a rapid boil. Carefully insert potato slices into the water, give them a stir or two, and cook for 5-7 minutes with the lid on.
    Carefully drain the potatoes and let them cool down a bit.  
  • Preheat the oven to 220C/fan 200C/Gas 7.
  • Cover the bottom of the roasting dish evenly with the cooked meat filling. Arrange half of the potatoes on top. Season with salt and pepper and pour over half of the cream. 
    Place the other half of the potatoes on top of the first layer. Season again, pour over the rest of the cream and sprinkle with the grated cheese. 
  • Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. 


➤ Please visit the BBC Food Website for the original Mary Berry's cottage pie recipe and her directions.
The measurement units on the BBC site are given in both - the metric system and the imperial one.