Cottage Pie Baked Potatoes

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min


4 russet potatoes (about 8 ounces each)

5 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 cloves garlic, sliced

1/2 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

12 ounces ground beef

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

3 tablespoons ketchup

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, such as Lea & Perrins® Worcestershire

1 cup frozen peas and carrots, thawed

1 cup shredded Colby Jack (about 4 ounces)


  1. Pierce the potatoes with a fork in a few spots. Put on a microwave-safe plate and microwave until tender, 14 to 16 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onion, thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until the onion is soft, about 4 minutes. Add the beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper and cook, breaking up the meat, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beef broth, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in the peas and carrots and warm through, about 1 minute; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat the broiler. Halve the potatoes lengthwise and fluff the flesh with a fork; top each potato half with 1/2 tablespoon butter and season with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet. Divide the meat mixture among the potato halves, then top with the cheese. Broil until melted, about 2 minutes.
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2 Reviews

Cynthia M.

This was just okay. It lacks real depth of flavor and needs more umami. Skews more toward a sweet, ketchup-like flavor.

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