Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Essential  Cuisine

Essential Cuisine

Premium Supplier 12th September 2018

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie - a hearty and warming dish as we head into autumn.

Serves 10
Prep time - 20 minutes
Cook time - 50 minutes

Hints and tips: Allow the filling to set in the fridge before you pipe on the mash if you have time? This will prevent it from sinking! For a golden crisp top, place under a grill before serving? The protein in the lentils replaces the traditional beef or lamb in this vegetarian dish.


  • 50g Unsalted butter
  • 250g Peeled and finely chopped onion
  • 2 x Peeled and finely chopped garlic cloves
  • 250g Leek, finely shredded
  • 250g Carrot, finely chopped
  • 2500g Celery, finely chopped
  • 125ml Dry white wine
  • 1litre Premier Rich Vegetable Jus
  • 1kg Cooked Puy lentils
  • 250g Cooked fresh or frozen peas
  • 2.5kg Peeled King Edward potatoes, cut into quarters
  • 80g Essential Cuisine Cheese Stock
  • 1kg Grated smoked cheese (Applewood smoked cheddar)
  • 2 Pinches Ground nutmeg
  • 5 Egg yolks
  • A Good Twist of freshly ground pepper
  • Sea Salt


1. Preheat the oven to 180°c.
2. Melt the butter in a suitable pan on a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, leek, carrot and celery, gently fry until they are tender with not too much colour.
3. Add the white wine and reduce by half
4. Pour in the Essential Cuisine Premier Rich Vegetable Jus, bring to the simmer.
5. Cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes in the oven, remove and stir in the peas and the cooked lentils, allow to cool. Season to your taste with freshly ground pepper and sea salt.
6. Meanwhile, boil the potatoes until tender, drain well and push through a sieve or ricer. Beat the Essential Cuisine Cheese Stock and ½ of the grated cheese into the warm mash and season to taste with sea salt, freshly ground pepper and ground nutmeg, finally, beat in the egg yolks.
7. Place the pie mix into a suitable dish, chill in the fridge.
8. Spoon the cheese mash into a piping bag with a large nozzle, pipe the potato onto the pie mix. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.
9. Bake for 40 minutes or until piping hot and golden brown on top, your Vegetarian Cottage Pie is now ready to serve with your choice of vegetables and buttered new potatoes.

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