Cottage pie with shiitake mushrooms

Cottage pie with shiitake mushrooms

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Ruby Goss

Ruby Goss

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"This is a Eurasian-take on classic cottage pie (ie. shepherd’s pie, with beef instead of lamb) that adds a huge umami boost through the use of shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. It’s cooked by Eurasian communities in Malaysia and Singapore, and for me, beats the original, but that’s also the bias of having grown up with it: I remember as a kid being delighted by the nuggets of pungent dried shiitake mushroom within that tasted like nothing else I knew. Like my mum did, I use dried shiitake mushrooms which you can find at Asian supermarkets or any other well-stocked grocer. Once you’ve soaked them in hot water, you have rich, instant stock that you add to the browned meat, too. You could, alternatively, use fresh shiitake that you brown after the meat, but though delicious in their own right, they do lack the full boldness of their aged counterparts."

Difficulty

Easy 👌

Preparation

40 min

Baking

25 min

Resting

10 min

Ingredients

2Servings
250 g
ground beef
½ kg
potato
3
dried shiitake mushrooms
250 ml
water
½
onion
cloves
garlic
½
carrot
25 g
butter
100 ml
milk
1 tsp
starch
1 tbsp
vegetable oil
75 g
peas (frozen)
1 tbsp
oyster sauce
1 tbsp
light soy sauce
½ tbsp
tomato paste
ground nutmeg
salt
pepper
MetricImperial

Utensils

bowl (small), plate, cutting board, knife, peeler, pot (large, with lid), colander, potato masher, whisk, fine grater, frying pan (large), cooking spoon, oven, baking dish

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Nutrition per serving

Cal749
Fat44 g
Protein30 g
Carb59 g
  • Step 1/4

    Place dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and place a plate on top of the bowl to trap in the heat. Let sit. Finely dice onion and garlic. Dice carrot into approx. 1 cm/ ⅓-in. cubes. Peel potatoes.
    • 3 dried shiitake mushrooms
    • 250 ml water
    • ½ onion
    • cloves garlic
    • ½ carrot
    • ½ kg potato
    • bowl (small)
    • plate
    • cutting board
    • knife
    • peeler

    Place dried shiitake mushrooms in a bowl, cover with boiling water, and place a plate on top of the bowl to trap in the heat. Let sit. Finely dice onion and garlic. Dice carrot into approx. 1 cm/ ⅓-in. cubes. Peel potatoes.

  • Step 2/4

    Add potatoes to a pot, cover with water, and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer until soft and cooked through, approx. 12 min. Remove from heat and drain. Add butter to the pot with the drained potatoes, followed by milk, and salt and pepper. Gently season with freshly-grated nutmeg. Mash well. Remove soaked shiitake from the water and slice into strips. Add starch to the mushroom liquid and whisk well.
    • 25 g butter
    • 100 ml milk
    • 1 tsp starch
    • ground nutmeg
    • salt
    • pepper
    • pot (large, with lid)
    • colander
    • potato masher
    • whisk
    • fine grater

    Add potatoes to a pot, cover with water, and season generously with salt. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer until soft and cooked through, approx. 12 min. Remove from heat and drain. Add butter to the pot with the drained potatoes, followed by milk, and salt and pepper. Gently season with freshly-grated nutmeg. Mash well. Remove soaked shiitake from the water and slice into strips. Add starch to the mushroom liquid and whisk well.

  • Step 3/4

    Add vegetable oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once heated, add ground beef, increase heat to high and let cook until it releases liquid and turns golden-brown and dry-looking,  approx. 5 – 7 min. Add onion and saute until soft and translucent, approx 6 min. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, approx 2 min. Add sliced shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and peas, and sauté 5 min. more. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, and tomato paste and fry until the tomato paste starts to stick to the pan. Add mushroom soaking liquid, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for approx. 5 min.
    • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 75 g peas (frozen)
    • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
    • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
    • ½ tbsp tomato paste
    • frying pan (large)
    • cooking spoon

    Add vegetable oil to a large frying pan over medium heat. Once heated, add ground beef, increase heat to high and let cook until it releases liquid and turns golden-brown and dry-looking, approx. 5 – 7 min. Add onion and saute until soft and translucent, approx 6 min. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, approx 2 min. Add sliced shiitake mushrooms, carrots, and peas, and sauté 5 min. more. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, and tomato paste and fry until the tomato paste starts to stick to the pan. Add mushroom soaking liquid, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for approx. 5 min.

  • Step 4/4

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. To assemble, add meat mixture to a baking dish. Cover with mashed potato and use a fork to create a pattern on top. Transfer to the oven and cook for approx. 25 min., or until browned on top. Remove from oven and let sit for approx. 10 min. before slicing and servning. Enjoy!
    • oven
    • baking dish

    Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. To assemble, add meat mixture to a baking dish. Cover with mashed potato and use a fork to create a pattern on top. Transfer to the oven and cook for approx. 25 min., or until browned on top. Remove from oven and let sit for approx. 10 min. before slicing and servning. Enjoy!

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