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.
CREAMY COTTAGE PIE Recipe
- 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
- Melt butter in a pot (over a medium heat). Sauté garlic and onion.
- When veggies are fragrant and cooked, add in diced chicken pieces; cook for five minutes.
- Add in carrots, green peas and potatoes. Add chicken stock. Cook for another two minutes or until veggies are tender.
- Lower the heat. Add heavy cream and milk; simmer until the sauce thickens. Add salt, pepper and the pinch of nutmeg.
- Turn off the heat. Set aside.
To make the mashed potatoes:
- Peel the potatoes. Wash and put in a pot filled with water, making sure that you fill it one inch above the potatoes.
- 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.
- Put them in a clean container and mash them using fork or potato masher.
- 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.
- Using an ovenproof dish, transfer the ‘chicken pie’ including the sauce.
- Top with mashed potatoes and grated cheese.
- 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 –
Thank you to the ever kind, Angie, and to our co-hosts.
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Enjoy the weekend and enjoy the party!!