Tater Tot Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie)

Tater Tot Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie) top a true comfort food  casserole of beef and vegetables in Americanized British style.

Tater Tot Cottage Pie (Shepherd's Pie)

Tater Tot Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie)

By Sue Lau |  Palatable Pastime

Tater Tot Cottage  Pie  (Shepherd’s  Pie) is my recipe  of the day with the blogging  group Baking bloggers. We group  monthly  to share  recipes  for various baked  foods.

This  month the group decided  to  share  recipes  using ground  meats or mince.

Tater Tot Cottage Pie (Shepherd's Pie)

I have  been thinking  of making a Shepherd’s/Cottage pie for  awhile  now, and topping it  with Tater Tots  instead of mashed potatoes.

It sounded  like  a nice variation that would make dinner prep even that much easier. No peeling of potatoes or cooking them into  mash.

The result is  a far  easier method  to  create  the  classic casserole topped with potatoes.

Beef or  Lamb the Choice  is Yours

I have  used ground beef in this but it can also be made with ground lamb. I don’t care which one you use as that is a personal  choice. Traditionally, the shepherd uses lamb because  the shepherd watches over the flock  (and eats it  too). Cottage pie would use ground beef.

Of course you can also use  other mince, such as ground chicken turkey, or pork. You  could  also  sub veggie crumbles- just  make sure the one you  use is suitable. Some of those unfortunately get soggy and a bit  soft.

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Tater Tot Cottage Pie (Shepherd's Pie)

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 10 ounce bag Bird's Eye frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 teaspoons ground dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon kitchen bouquet
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 32 ounces frozen Ore Ida Tater Tots
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Spray an oval gratin baking dish or casserole with nonstick spray and set aside.
  • Brown ground beef, onions and garlic in a skillet and drain off fat.
  • Stir in the frozen vegetables, mustard, marjoram, pepper, salt, Worcestershire sauce, kitchen bouquet or other caramel color, and tomato paste.
  • Whisk corn starch into beef broth and add to the pan.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring, until mixture thickens into a nice gravy.
  • Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  • Top with tater tots, standing them on end and not pressing them into the sauce. There may be a few leftover, depending.
  • Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the grated Parm.
  • Bake for thirty minutes.

Notes

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