Prince William’s Cottage Pie

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 Cottage pie

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

Recipe Directions

  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan and sauté onions (5-6 minutes).
  2. Add ground beef and cook until no longer pink (5-6 minutes). Stir in flour, thyme, water, seasoning sauce, bouillon cubes, and Worcestershire sauce.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Combine nutmeg, cream and egg yolk with butter, salt and pepper. Mix into mashed potatoes. Pipe potatoes over meat using a pastry bag.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese, bake until potatoes are golden brown (30-35 minutes). Serve with warmed sauce

prince william cottage pie

Here it is, along with the Princess (well, Duchess) Kate cake. It was perfect for the day.



6 thoughts on “Prince William’s Cottage Pie

  1. I didn’t know Leona went with you to Europe.
    Yes, Wagon Wheel Theatre here (Leona has season tix) sponsored a trip between Christmas and New Year’s. It was wonderful – sightseeing along with tickets to about 4 different London shows.

  2. I love it! We haven’t had cottage pie in ages! I wonder, though, if you’d like it a little better if you swapped out some of the meat for vegetables?

    I guess, being a prince and all, William doesn’t have to eat his peas and carrots, though, does he? 😉

    Thanks for joining in with Third Thursdays!
    I enjoy it!

  3. I bet it is super yummy with the cream!! 🙂 Maybe I’ll try my hand at it – after I make some crawfish stuffed mushrooms tonight!!
    Crawfish? Seriously? Is that a southern thing? 🙂

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