Creamy Cottage Pie

I repeat… when the tummy is empty, the brain is empty. 😀

I have three new dishes that I have cooked for the last two weekends, but I really did not have enough power to dig into my brain and recall the measurements. But, do you think I’d forget anything related to food? Nah! I don’t think so. But just to stay on the safe side, I started writing the recipe yesterday (as if it’s very complicated that it took me two weeks to finally write them down).

I was exchanging messages with Farianti @ My Simple Delights about running out of ideas on what to prepare for Ramadan. She was so kind to send me the photo of her delicious Cottage Pie and gave me the ingredients. As what I have understood from her – 1) cook, 2) top with mashed potatoes and cheese, 3) bake. Having had the idea of the ingredients as well, I did make my cottage pie. One thing you need to know about this – it was not my intention to make this a ‘creamy’ cottage pie. I was making another dish and was planning to make cottage pie the next day. But then, I wanted to use the remainder from the first dish, so I ended up making a creamy cottage pie.




  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 ½ cup green peas
  • 1 ½ cup carrots, diced
  • 1 ½ cup chicken breast, diced
  • 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
  • 1-2 cups milk
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 2 large potatoes
  • Grated cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg


  1. Melt butter in a pot (over a medium heat). Sauté garlic and onion.
  2. When veggies are fragrant and cooked, add in diced chicken pieces; cook for five minutes.
  3. Add in carrots, green peas and potatoes. Add chicken stock. Cook for another two minutes or until veggies are tender.
  4. Lower the heat. Add heavy cream and milk; simmer until the sauce thickens. Add salt, pepper and the pinch of nutmeg.
  5. Turn off the heat. Set aside.

To make the mashed potatoes:

  1. Peel the potatoes. Wash and put in a pot filled with water, making sure that you fill it one inch above the potatoes.
  2. Boil until fork-tender (about 30 minutes or more). You will know if the potatoes are fully cooked when a fork slides into the potatoes very easily.
  3. Put them in a clean container and mash them using fork or potato masher.
  4. From the “sauce”, start adding about 2 tbsp to the mashed potatoes until desired consistency, taking note that you are not looking for a runny mashed potatoes.


  1. Using an ovenproof dish, transfer the ‘chicken pie’ including the sauce.
  2. Top with mashed potatoes and grated cheese.
  3. Bake at 400 F for 30 minutes or until topping turns golden brown.

My verdict? I loved it – saucy and creamy! The cheese on top just didn’t turn into golden brown. Why? I think you know the reason why… of course, I was so eager to take this pie out from the oven. Considering that it was still fasting hours, I don’t know how to give justice to the ‘unbrowned’ topping. Maybe I wanted to take the photos… like now now now?? MAYBE. 😀 …and knowing that the baking dish is fresh from the VERY HOT oven, who would hold it without oven gloves? ME!!! Tsk Tsk Tsk! Sometimes, that’s one of the effects of being hungry. 😐 Don’t worry; I have removed my hands immediately that I almost flew. 😀

I am so grateful to Farianti for inspiring me to make this Cottage Pie. Gracias, Farianti. ❤

Happy FF#26, party people. I hope you find this pie delicious as much as I did.

Oohhh! Btw, have you seen my guest post for Lori? If not, check it out. 😉 What? Do I need to convince you? Okay – this thenotsocreativecook who has a sweet tooth and shares naughty treats made a low-glycemic food. Not convinced yet? How about I show you this photo?


Now, you’re off to checking the post. Thank you! 😀


Last FF was a special one. First, because Lori saved me and had the chance to be at the party for a while. Second, Uncle Mac @ Gluten Free Treats made a ‘safer’ version of my Yema Cake… with of course with the participation of Rachel. (Get well very soon, Uncle Mac. I’ve learned from his wife, [Aunt] Carole, that Uncle Mac is not that well.)

Last but not the least, I felt so good regardless of the stressful week because you, FF people, brighten up my day and lighten up my mood.


And before I forget, I am bringing you a video of this cute little kid and I hope you’ll enjoy watching –



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Thank you to the ever kind, Angie, and to our co-hosts.

Happy FF#26!

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Enjoy the weekend and enjoy the party!!


83 thoughts on “Creamy Cottage Pie

  1. My my you have been busy Jhuls, bravo to you. Everything looks absolutely delicious. Going through Ramadan has to be tough as well, how do you manage to do that and be enticed by all these amazing dishes? Love to you from the USA 🙂

    1. Honestly, I couldn’t look at FF photos for too long. So I was not that active the past FFs. 😀 Thanks for sending your love, Loretta. 🙂 Enjoy the weekend.

  2. looking good! (minus the cheese!!) Using chicken in cottage pie? never heard of that!! Cottage pie is beef… Shepherds pie is lamb/hogget/mutton…hmmm Chicken? dunno!

      1. I agree! I am quite inspired! I had a great duck ‘ cottage pie on a flight recently.. that was good too! yet the richness of yours looks much better!

          1. I have thought about that after I took the photo, Elaine. But again I thought it was too late to shoot again. 😦 Next time. 🙂

  3. I loved this post! It felt like we were sitting in your kitchen, hearing these stories over a cup of tea. And of course digging into creamy cottage pie! The fiesta is looking good this week!

    1. Ooohh! That would be so much fun – hearing everyone else’s story. 😀 And a riot, too. 😛
      Thanks so much for stopping by, Saucy. And have a lovely weekend. ❤

  4. Wow Jhuls! Just love your cottage pie! Even better, creamy cottage pie! Also, I just loved the video of the little story teller. OMG so cute! Hopefully your tummy will be full soon, so that your brain will be the same! 🙂

    1. Thanks for watching the video, Chef Julianna. That kid is really adorable. 😀
      The cream and milk added creaminess and yumminess to the mashed potatoes, which I really love. As always, I appreciate you being here. I hope you have a lovely weekend. ❤

    1. I know all of us have moments of holding a baking dish without gloves. 😀 Thanks for stopping by, Michelle and have a fab weekend. ❤

  5. Happy HAPPY Fiesta Friday, Jhuls!! I’m so happy to see you! As always…. such a sweet and whimsical post from you! I just love reading your posts…and I hope that you didn’t burn your hands! This cottage pie is the perfect dish to bring to Fiesta Friday….it looks so delicious… pure comfort food! I’ll be trying this recipe for sure! Thank you so much for sharing this with all of us.. ❤ I'll be visiting Lori's blog to see what delightful dish you've posted there. As for your Uncle Mac, I had the pleasure of meeting him last week. What a wonderful man! I hope he feels better soon. ❤

    1. Um, not to worry about my hands, Prudy. I’ll be more worried if I accidentally threw the pie and the baking dish was broken – tsk tsk tsk!

      And thanks for the visit at Lori’s blog and for the wishes for Uncle Mac. 🙂 Happy FF, Prudy and really nice to be here. 🙂

  6. Yum Jhuls, this pie looks wonderful- we call it shepherd’s pie where I come from, but no matter what it’s called, it’s such comfort food. Thanks for bringing it to FF 🙂

    1. Why it’s called Shepherd’s Pie? 😐 Thank you so much, Jess. And thanks for co-hosting today. ❤ I hope you are having so much fun and enjoy the weekend. ❤

  7. Despite you told us how much complicated has been put down the measurements, your energy Jhuls is absolutely contagious, did you know? You can smell it from each single word, from each gram of salt you use in your amazing recipes! Have a great we, and happy FF!

    1. I didn’t know that, Margy. 😀 Thank you, thank you so much for your kind and heart-warming words. I really appreciate you stopping by. I hope you have a safe and fab weekend. ❤

    1. Thank you, Ahila, you loved the video clip. That kid really is amazing and so funny! 😀 Thanks for the wishes; I hope you have a lovely weekend as well. ❤

  8. Jhuls dear.. This is awesome.. I love Pies.. Really loved the white colour!! It adds a special yummines..
    Me too same, always skip wearing gloves because of the eagerness😛😃!!

    1. We will never learn our lessons, Nimmi. 😀 Thanks a bunch for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and make the best of the last days of Ramadan. ❤

    1. I made it days after we talked. But you know, Ramadan is effecting big time that I always feel weak to write (but not to cook). 😜 Thanks, Farianti. 😘

  9. Love mashed potatoes….if only I was allowed to eat them? I thought I wouldn’t have computer access and here I am…loved your guest post for me… It was awesome! Appreciate your friendship Jhuls! ❤ Happy FF!!

    1. Sorry, Fae. I didn’t get that – next? My brain is really not functioning so well. 😛
      Thanks you so much, Fae. ❤ I always feel happy when you visit me. I know I haven't visited you for some time, but I promise I will.

      1. Oh, you know what happened… at the time, I left my comment right after Angie’s… she said she wanted some ‘right now’, and I said, ‘I’m next’. I had to be clearer. Sorry…. 😦

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