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I’m a real fan of using my slow cooker. Today I want to share with you my slow cooker cottage pie.
During the day I can spend a few minutes loading it up and then when my husband gets home we have dinner ready.
I love the convenience of the slow cooker and that we can eat our dinner, together, whenever we are ready. This means if our daughter is ill, or stays up later than expected, that our dinner is not ruined.
This takes just over 5 minutes to get into the slow cooker. If you’re looking for some inspiration for other slow cooker recipes then be sure to check out my Easy slow cooker recipes (UK recipes).
Ingredients for slow cooker cottage pie:
Celery (add any other vegetables like leeks or lentils)
Mince (I use 5% – 250g for a large cottage pie)
Thyme – 1 tablespoon (use a little less if you don’t like strong herb flavour)
Garlic cloves (to your preferred strength – 3 cloves for us)
Brown Sauce – 1 tablespoon
Worcestershire sauce – just a dash
300ml of beef stock (reduced salt)
Flour – 1/2 tablespoon
Mash topping for slow cooker cottage pie:
Method for slow cooker cottage pie:
Throw it all in! Seriously. Add everything in – except the flour & mash ingredients.
Cook it for 4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on low. 30-45 minutes before topping the slow cooker cottage pie add the flour, mixed with a little water, and let it cook further.
Once the slow cooker cottage pie filling is ready you can either top it with mash, and cook for a further 1-1.5 hours on high, or cook it in the oven.
Often we cook ours in the oven, as we love the crispy top. Top the slow cooker cottage pie filling with mash, and scrape a fork across the top. This will help to get lots of lovely crispy bits. Cook it on gas mark 6, 200c, for around 25-30 minutes. Alternatively, you can grill it if you have hot mash ready and just want a crispy top.
Making Colemans cottage pie in the slow cooker:
You absolutely can use a cottage pie mix to make it in the slow cooker. Consider cutting down on the liquid slightly, as it won’t evaporate in the slow cooker. You can cook it for the same time as my recipe, and it will turn out great.
How to make my slow cooker cottage pie:
slow cooker cottage pie
- 300 g carrots
- 2 large onions
- 2 stalks celery
- 250 g 5% mince
- 1 tbsp thyme
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp brown sauce
- 1 splash worcestershire sauce
- 300 ml beef stock
- 1/2 tbsp plain flour
- 800 g potatoes
- 30 g butter
Throw it all in! Seriously. Add everything in except the flour and mash topping.
Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
30-45 minutes before your filling is cooked add the flour, mixed with a little water to make a paste, as this will thicken your sauce.
Once your filling is ready you can either top with mash, and cook on high for 1.5 hours, or you can move to the oven for 30 minutes.
I like to scrape the top of my mash with a fork, to get crispy edges, and cook for 30 minutes at Gas mark 6 (200C).