Red meat isn't something which we eat in this house very often. I know we had that BBQ Beef Pie last week. The week before I had made this French Onion Cottage Pie for a supper one night and it was fabulous. I used my slow cooker and cooked the beef overnight so that it was fork tender, and the gravy was absolutely delicious. I just used the method etc. that I normally use to do a pot roast in the slow cooker. It worked out really well.
The meat cooks in a mix of dry onion soup mix and apple juice, along with some dried thyme. You can use water instead of the apple juice if you wish, but the apple juice really gives it a lovely flavour. You can use half apple juice and half water if you are not sure.
I think the apple juice helps to tenderize the beef. Not sure, but I know that I like it! ☺
You thicken the gravy once the meat it tender and then pour it into a casserole dish. I top it with carrots, peas and corn, which I cook myself, but you could also use mixed frozen vegetables if you wanted to, or in a pinch . . . drained canned mixed vegetables. I like to cook my own from scratch.
A Parmesan Cheese flavoured buttery mash tops it off before you pop it into the oven. You bake it until it is golden brown on top with scrummy little bits (that I love) and the filling is bubbling up underneath. The whole thing is scrumptious. SCRUMPTIOUS!
So good in fact that I had to say scrumptious twice . . . oops I said it again! Coz it is. Scrumptious. Would I lie to you? Scrummy yummy. Winter. Rib sticking. Comfort food and simple to make.
*French Onion Cottage Pie*Serves 4 -6
butter to dot (optional)
Note: The leftovers warmed up in a skillet the day after were (believe it or not) even more scrumptious! There . . . said it five times. Can there be any doubt at all?