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Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes

January 16, 2023 (Last Updated: October 24, 2023) by Chris Collins

Baked potatoes loaded with a cottage pie filling and topped with cheesy mashed potato!

Β As one of my most loved and most popular recipes, I had to include this in my Debut Cookbook ‘Comfy’!

cottage pie loaded potato sliced in half on small white plate with roasted broccoli and cauliflower

Cottage Pie Filling

These baked potatoes are a funky twist on the Classic Cottage Pie that are super easy to make and even more delicious to eat! The filling is a key component of this recipe. There’s no good having a beautifully baked potato with a bland filling! The base of the filling is ground beef, although you could use lamb if you’d prefer these to be Shepherd’s Pies.

Red Wine

I highly recommend adding a glug of red wine to the filling. It pairs so beautifully with the beef and offers a real depth of flavour to the gravy. No need to splash out on anything fancy – just use what you’ve got on hand! Anything dry will do the trick. You can sub more beef stock if you’d prefer.

Gravy Granules

These are a game changer when making a cottage pie filling. Not only do they add flavour, but they also help thicken the gravy. I highly recommend using a trusted brand such as Bisto. If you’re struggling to find gravy granules you can sub flour (see recipe notes below).

Low Simmering

Once you’ve added in all the ingredients you’ll want to reduce the heat and gently simmer everything until the gravy thickens. This will also give chance for the flavours to marry together and will also help tenderize the beef slightly too.

Process shots: add onion, carrot, mushroom & garlic to pan (photo 1), fry (photo 2), fry beef (photo 3), fry tomato puree and simmer red wine (photo 4), add stock, Worcestershire sauce, gravy granules, herbs & seasoning (photo 5), simmer (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to make cottage pie filling

Baked Potatoes

Okay, filling done, now we need to get it inside the potatoes. As such, you’ll want to bake some large potatoes until knife tender, then gut them out to make room for the filling.

Cottage Pie Topping

To put the potato to good use, we’re going to mash it up with a concoction of goodies, then plonk it on top of the potatoes once they’re stuffed.

Process shots: coat potatoes in olive oil & salt (photo 1), bake (photo 2), slice off top (photo 3), gut out centre (photo 4), add to bowl with butter, milk, cheese & seasoning (photo 5), mash (photo 6).

6 step by step photos showing how to scoop out baked potato

Cottage Pie Loaded Potatoes

To construct the potatoes, whack the filling in the centre, top with potato and more cheese, then bung them in the oven. One word of advice, make sure you clean up any cheese from the tray before going in the oven, otherwise it’ll burn (yes I made that mistake below 🤣).

The potatoes are done when the skin is crispy and the topping is golden and bubbly.

Process shots: add skins to tray (photo 1), add filling (photo 2), top with potato and cheese (photo 3), bake (photo 4).

4 step by step photos showing how to make cottage pie baked potatoes

Serving Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes

To serve, here I added some roasted broccoli and cauliflower, but do check out my Sides for more inspo! (Green Beans also work nicely).

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for these cottage pie potatoes shall we?!

close up shot of silver fork digging in to cottage pie baked potato on baking tray

How to make Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes (Full Recipe & Video)

cottage pie loaded potato sliced in half on small white plate with roasted broccoli and cauliflower

Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes

Baked potatoes loaded with a cottage pie filling and topped with cheesy mashed potato!
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Servings (click & slide): 6
Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Calories per serving: 686kcal
Cost per serving: Β£2

Equipment:

  • Large Baking Tray (for baking potatoes)
  • Large Pan & Wooden Spoon (for filling)
  • Large Mixing Bowl & Potato Mash (for topping)
  • Jug (for stock)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

Potatoes/Topping

  • 6 large Baking Potatoes (approx 350g/12oz EACH)
  • 4oz / 120g freshly grated Cheddar
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Milk or Cream
  • 2 heaped tbsp Butter
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • Salt & Pepper, as needed
  • Olive Oil, as needed

Filling

  • 1lb / 500g Ground Beef Mince (10-12% works great)
  • 1.25 cups / 300ml Beef Stock
  • 1/4 cup / 60ml Red Wine (sub more stock)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 heaped tbsp Beef Gravy Granules (see notes)
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomato Paste in US)
  • 1 medium Onion, finely diced
  • 1 medium Carrot, finely diced
  • 2.5oz / 75g Mushrooms, finely diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, finely diced
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Rosemary
  • Salt & Pepper, as needed
  • Olive Oil, as needed

Instructions:

  • Stab the potatoes a few times all over, then coat in a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Pop in the oven at 356F/180C for 80mins, or until deep golden, crispy and knife tender.
  • Once cool enough to handle, slice off the top (3/4 of the way up) and scoop out most of the centre into a large bowl, leaving a thin wall to keep the potato sturdy. Mash the potato with butter, milk, nutmeg, half of the cheese and plenty of salt & pepper to taste (I typically use 1/2 tsp salt & 1/4 tsp pepper).
  • Meanwhile, in a large pan over medium heat add a drizzle of oil alongside the carrot, onion, garlic and mushrooms. Fry until soft and starting to pick up colour, then add in the beef and fry until brown all the way through, breaking up with your wooden spoon as you go.
  • Stir in 1 tbsp tomato puree and fry for a couple of mins, then pour in the wine. Simmer for a few mins to allow the beef to soak it up, then pour in the beef stock. Stir in rosemary, thyme, gravy granules, Worcestershire sauce and salt & pepper (to taste). Reduce heat to low and gently simmer for around 20-25mins to thicken the sauce.
  • Spoon the beef into the potatoes, then top with a few heaped tbsp of potato. You should be left with 1 cup of mash, save it in the fridge for a rainy day. Top potatoes with cheese, then place back in the oven at 220C/430F for around 12-15mins, or until golden & bubbly!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Beef - I find 10-12% fat works great. That way you get some nice fatty flavour, but the beef doesn't end up too greasy. If you've only got high-fat beef (i.e. 20%) I recommend draining away most of the fat after it's fried. You can also use lamb for this recipe to make Shepherd's Pie Baked Potatoes!
b) Gravy Granules - These are used to thicken the sauce and add flavour. I highly recommend using a trusted brand such as Bisto. If you're struggling to find gravy granules, I recommend stirring in 1 tbsp flour into the mince after the tomato puree and before the wine. Fry it off for a few mins to get rid of that floury taste, then gradually pour in the liquid to avoid lumps.
c) Red Wine - This adds a gorgeous depth of flavour to the beef. Any dry red wine will do the trick (don't splash out on something expensive). Most, if not all of the alcohol will burn off, but if you don't want to use it just sub with more stock.
d) Calories - Per potato assuming 1.5 tbsp olive oil total.

Your Private Notes:

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 686 Calories from Fat 254
% Daily Value*
Fat 28.27g43%
Saturated Fat 12.705g64%
Trans Fat 0.968g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.42g
Monounsaturated Fat 10.505g
Cholesterol 104mg35%
Sodium 622mg26%
Potassium 2240mg64%
Carbohydrates 72.87g24%
Fiber 7.4g30%
Sugar 7.15g8%
Protein 34.01g68%
Vitamin A 2175IU44%
Vitamin C 41.3mg50%
Calcium 263mg26%
Iron 4.86mg27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    Tarilynn
    November 25, 2023 at 12:45 am

    5 stars
    Loved this dish will be making it again!!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      November 27, 2023 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks so much for the review, Tarilynn! C.

  • Reply
    Gloria
    October 15, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Could I make this with left over pot roast? I have some in the freezer that I have been trying to use!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 16, 2023 at 11:41 am

      You could certainly give it a go, Gloria! Do let me know how you get how you get on πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Anita
    October 11, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    5 stars
    Has anyone tried this with ground turkey instead of beef?

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    Peggy Aungst
    October 5, 2023 at 11:35 pm

    5 stars
    I made the Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes for dinner tonight. I will definitely be adding this to to my recipe repetoire. It was a big hit. Everyobne loved it. I may have added more cheese to the mashed potatoes than the recipe called for. What a great dish when you have to feed a lot of people on a budget.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      October 6, 2023 at 1:46 pm

      Nothing wrong with extra cheese!! Thanks so much for popping back for a review πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Pamela Hostetler
    September 30, 2023 at 2:19 am

    5 stars
    Fantastic! Came together easily and most ingredients you’d have on hand. A keeper to be sure.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 30, 2023 at 11:10 am

      So great to hear, Pamela! Thanks so much for the review πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Laura Marie Petrone
    September 19, 2023 at 3:42 am

    5 stars
    What a comfort food! We really liked the meaty filling and used the extras with naan bread. Thank you

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 19, 2023 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much for the review, Laura! πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Karin Longtin
    September 11, 2023 at 4:17 pm

    5 stars
    absolutely yummy

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      September 12, 2023 at 11:33 am

      Thanks for the review, Karin! πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Toni Glazier
    August 25, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    5 stars
    I absolutely LOVED this recipe, especially my boys!!!! Thank you for posting this recipe

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 26, 2023 at 1:57 pm

      So great to hear this went down well with you and the boys!! Thanks so much for popping back for a review πŸ™‚ C.

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    Laura
    August 19, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    These look delicious and I can’t wait to tryβ€” wondering your thoughts on making them ahead of time? I want tk make a day ahead to serve for Sunday lunch so I don’t have to go nuts cooking right after church!

    Perhaps making the potatoes today, but the filling fresh at time of the meal?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 20, 2023 at 9:54 am

      Hey Laura. I think that would work just fine! C.

  • Reply
    Diana Newby
    August 8, 2023 at 12:13 am

    5 stars
    This was a great meal! Recipe was easy to read along with the video. This was a no fail recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      August 8, 2023 at 10:20 am

      Thanks so much for the review, Diana! πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Christine
    July 23, 2023 at 6:08 pm

    thtis is better than shepperds pie

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    David
    July 12, 2023 at 3:07 am

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner today, and didn’t have beef stock on hand, so I used a can of beef consommΓ©. What a great flavor. Do you think after the potatoes are assembled they would freeze well. Thinking of giving that a try for those days where time is short and you need an easy meal.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 12, 2023 at 7:42 am

      I imagine they would freeze well, they might just be a touch drier. Thanks for the review, David! C.

  • Reply
    Lisa
    July 9, 2023 at 10:03 pm

    5 stars
    So tasty! Made these for my partner and my mum and they were a big hit! Can’t wait to make them again – the red wine definitely compliments the other flavours πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      July 10, 2023 at 3:06 pm

      So great to hear, Lisa! Thanks so much for the review πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Deana
    June 8, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    5 stars
    I will definitely be making this again. It was delicious. I did not add the wine since my family doesn’t like the taste. So good!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 9, 2023 at 12:44 pm

      Great to hear this went down well, Deana! Thanks so much for popping back for a review πŸ™‚ C.

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    Donna
    June 3, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    5 stars
    Hey there–made this last evening. I only used 4 large (8. oz each) potatoes since there’s just two of us. Where I live we can’t buy “one” carrot so I used canned carrots I had on hand and instead of an onion I used a shallot–which handled the garlic issue also. I did have to add another tablespoon of tomato paste as after I added the Worcestershire sauce it was very salty—for us. I used a 90/10 ground beef, but I still had quite a bit of liquid–which I eventually used as gravy. I filled the potatoes using a slotted spoon.
    This recipe is REALLY REALLY good!! Was glad I found it. Going to try ground chicken the next time and maybe swap out some of the veggies. Thanks for sharing this recipe!!! It’s a keeper!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 4, 2023 at 10:24 am

      Thank you so much for the lovely review, Donna! πŸ™‚ C.

      • Reply
        Donna
        June 4, 2023 at 5:06 pm

        5 stars
        Oh Chris–forgot to mention–another big THANK YOU for listing the recipe ingredients in standard amounts!! That was HUGE! There’s alot of recipes I’d probably try, but if they’re in metric only–ahh..NOPE. I know, I know I could look them all up, but I’d rather just have it done for me. Call me lazy? Maybe, but thank you again for the standard measurements!!!

  • Reply
    Jessica Hahn
    May 12, 2023 at 3:15 am

    Would this recipe still turn out well if sweet potatoes were swapped for the baking potatoes?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 12, 2023 at 8:14 pm

      Hmmmm I’m not too sure how well the flavours would work with the sweetness of the potatoes. I’d give them a go with regular potatoes, then you could certainly branch out from there to experiment and see how you get on πŸ™‚ C.

    • Reply
      Shannon Theoret
      October 22, 2023 at 10:57 pm

      Hi! I’ll let you know how they turn out! My husband has the regular baking potatoes and I have the sweet potatoes. Crossing my fingers! Excited to try – it sounds so delicious!

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    Mr Richard Horne
    April 30, 2023 at 9:08 am

    5 stars
    Lovely! Made them for me and hubby, he was so happy as he was ill and wanted something warn and filling. I promptly fell asleep after eating them…….which is always a good sign I enjoyed it

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 30, 2023 at 10:59 am

      Definitely a good sign I’d say! Thanks so much for the review πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Lori Kramlich
    April 28, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    These are delicious! 2nd time making them because the first time was such a hit! Thank you so much for this great recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      April 29, 2023 at 11:57 am

      That’s so great to hear, Lori!! πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Jenn Culpepper
    March 6, 2023 at 11:46 pm

    So my family loves this… we could adjust for the sweetness of the carrots, adjust the nutmeg, Southern Americans, and kids, live this!!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 8, 2023 at 10:38 am

      So happy this went down well with the family, Jenn! Thanks for the review πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Sandra Colmore
    March 1, 2023 at 4:22 am

    5 stars
    If ever the old saying were true it would include this recipe as someone trying to get to a man’s heart through his belly this absolutely would guarantee your permanent spot in/on his heart, his soul forever and ever!
    Thank you for the share on this fabulous recipe delish I give it 10 stars with hundreds of shares

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      March 1, 2023 at 10:35 am

      So glad to hear this went down well, Sandra! I love that saying!! Thanks for the review πŸ™‚ C.

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    Erin H
    February 8, 2023 at 6:27 am

    5 stars
    I followed the recipe nearly exactly, I left out the mushrooms and added peas at the end. This was such a delicious dinner, very hearty and filling. Hubby said it was the ultimate comfort food. I’ll definitely be making this again. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 8, 2023 at 10:04 am

      So great to hear, Erin! Thanks for the review πŸ™‚ C.

      • Reply
        Maggie
        May 7, 2023 at 10:55 pm

        5 stars
        Delicious, I will definitely make it again. It smelled so good, while cooking my son came down to comment before it was ready!

        • Reply
          Chris Collins
          May 8, 2023 at 10:46 am

          So great to hear, Maggie! Thanks so much for the review πŸ™‚ C.

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    Ann
    February 1, 2023 at 3:21 pm

    5 stars
    Tuck in we did! These were absolutely delectable and delicious. SO GOOD YUM YUM YUM! I think the red wine is what adds that extra layer of so-good flavor.
    No gravy granules here at my house – in USA – so I used some jarred Better Than Bouillon base instead. I also chopped the carrots fine in a food processor to get past the picky palates around here. I had leftover potatoes, but not the meat mixture, but that could be because of my – ahem – sampling while cooking.
    This is going into our recipe rotation. My husband told me “PLEASE KEEP THE RECIPE!!!”
    Keep up the good work.
    PS: I just had one of the leftover cottage pie potatoes for my breakfast! πŸ˜€

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      February 4, 2023 at 10:40 am

      Ann, this is so lovely to read! Thanks so much for popping back for a review! C.

  • Reply
    Curtis
    January 26, 2023 at 3:06 am

    5 stars
    Made this for the first time tonight and it was awesome! Definitely will do again!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 26, 2023 at 9:26 am

      Great to hear, Curtis! Thanks for popping back for a review πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    MH
    January 23, 2023 at 3:25 am

    5 stars
    I was wondering what potatoe variety was used in your recipe?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 23, 2023 at 10:31 am

      These are literally called ‘baking potatoes’ at the shops πŸ™‚ C.

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    Elaine Chapman
    January 22, 2023 at 11:16 am

    5 stars
    Fab. Comfort food heaven. I’ve made a similar version with a tin of tomatoes, tom puree a couple of dashes of HOT Pepper sauce and mushrooms. A sort of spicy bolognaise beef mince and then proceeded in exactly the same way topped with cheese also.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 22, 2023 at 11:32 am

      Ooo I love the idea of this with a spicy bolognese! C.

  • Reply
    BCC
    January 21, 2023 at 11:30 pm

    5 stars
    Outstanding!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 22, 2023 at 10:27 am

      Great to hear! C.

  • Reply
    Polly
    January 21, 2023 at 2:39 am

    Can you simply omit the cheese?

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 21, 2023 at 10:38 am

      You could, although you’ll miss out on flavour. Just be sure to season the mash well πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth Appleton
    January 20, 2023 at 5:56 pm

    5 stars
    Loved it and easy!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 20, 2023 at 7:45 pm

      Awesome! πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Julie Glenister
    January 20, 2023 at 4:27 pm

    5 stars
    Looks lovely and tasty I’m going too give it ago ty

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 20, 2023 at 7:46 pm

      Enjoy! πŸ™‚ C.

  • Reply
    Rachael
    January 20, 2023 at 6:58 am

    5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 20, 2023 at 10:15 am

      Great to hear, Rachael! Thanks for the review! C.

  • Reply
    Terry
    January 18, 2023 at 7:41 am

    5 stars
    Saw these on TikTok and had to make them as I love cottage pie. They were honestly so delicious. The beef is the best beef gravy I’ve had! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      January 18, 2023 at 2:35 pm

      Great to hear, Terry! Thanks so much for the review πŸ™‚ C.

      • Reply
        Kathy Connor
        January 19, 2023 at 1:34 pm

        Can I freeze this recipe, Chris

        • Reply
          Chris Collins
          January 19, 2023 at 5:53 pm

          Hey Kathy! I haven’t tried, but I imagine they’ll freeze okay. C.

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