I know the Royal Wedding has come and gone, but it’s still on my mind. Back on wedding day, April 29, I wanted to make something special for dinner to commemorate the occasion.
What better than Prince William’s favorite childhood recipe, Cottage Pie?
The recipe is from chef Darren McGrady, who worked at Kensington Palace during the prince’s childhood. Have you ever visited Kensington Palace? I have. It’s in London, and back in … 1993? frequent commenter Leona and I visited, in hopes of catching a glimpse of Princess Diana. We learned, from a guard by the gates, that she had actually just left about ten minutes before our arrival. Grrr!
I made the recipe as stated, although at the warning of a few readers, I left the nutmeg out of the potatoes. Nutmeg and potatoes did seem a bit of an odd combination …
Also, I used milk instead of cream – always looking for a healthier option. From the looks of Kate Middleton, I doubt she’s eating too much cream.
Prince William’s Favorite Cottage Pie
2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
1 Large Onion – chopped
1-1/2 Pounds Ground Beef
1/3 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1-1/2 Teaspoons Dried Thyme
2 Cups Water
1 Tablespoon Browning & Seasoning Sauce (i.e. Kitchen Bouquet)
2 Beef Bouillon Cubes
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2-1/4 Pounds Red Potatoes (7-8) – peeled
1/8 Teaspoon Grated Nutmeg
1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
1 Egg Yolk
1/2 Stick (4 Tbsp.) Butter
1-1/2 Teaspoons Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Ground White Pepper
1 Cup Grated Cheddar Cheese
- Heat oil in a large saucepan and sauté onions (5-6 minutes).
- Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink (5-6 minutes). Stir in flour, thyme, water, seasoning sauce, bouillon cubes, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Reduce heat; simmer until sauce thickens and meat is fork-tender (35-40 minutes). Remove pan from stove and transfer beef to earthenware dish. Reserve liquid.
- Preheat oven to 350º. Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Lower heat; simmer until tender (20 to 25 minutes). Drain potatoes and mash them.
- Combine nutmeg, cream and egg yolk with butter, salt and pepper. Mix into mashed potatoes. Pipe potatoes over meat using a pastry bag.
- Sprinkle with cheese, bake until potatoes are golden brown (30-35 minutes). Serve with warmed sauce
Here it is, along with the Princess (well, Duchess) Kate cake. It was perfect for the day.