Irish cottage pie with Guinness


After reading The Brightest Star in the Sky by Marian Keyes, I got my Irish on in a big way. Not where-is-me-pot-o’gold and four leaf clover Irish, more like a U2, Boondock Saints and cottage pie Irish.

So I consulted Gordon Ramsey’s recipe book Great British Pub Dinners. This is such a cool book for rustic food that goes perfect with a pint of home brewed (by my hubby) beer. I adapted the recipe for cottage pie with Guinness from Ramsey’s book to accommodate the ingredients I have in my pantry. It was fabulous!




500 g minced beef

1 teaspoon garlic

1 chopped onion

2 teaspoons thyme

1 chopped tomato

1 tablespoon tomato puree

1 teaspoon apricot jam

1 tablespoon soy sauce

200 ml Guinness

4 peeled and cubed potatoes

100 ml milk

Half a teaspoon baking powder

2 tablespoons grated parmesan

Handful grated cheddar cheese


  1. Cook the potatoes in some water with salt to taste.
  2. This takes about half an hour, so in  the meantime fry the garlic and onion in a bit of olive oil until the onion is transparent. Add the minced beef and thyme.
  3. When the beef is almost done, add the tomato, tomato puree, apricot jam and soy sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the Guinness and cook for a further 10 minute. Set aside.
  5. The potatoes should be done at this stage. Drain it from the water, add the milk and baking powder and mash away. The baking powder makes it nice and fluffy.
  6. Mix the parmesan in with the mash and set aside.
  7. Spoon the beef mince into a shallow ovenproof dish. Add the potato on top of the mince and top with the cheddar cheese.
  8. Bake it in the oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve piping hot and enjoy.

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