Pork Cottage Pie for Picky Eaters

Note: This recipe entry was the 2nd place winner in “Pork Savor All-in-One Cooking Challenge.”

I married a picky eater so we were bound to have at least one picky eater among our kids, too. When you’re tight on the budget, it’s quite a challenge to come up with healthy dishes that would get a stamp of approval from my hubby and our brood of three.

That’s why when I joined the Pork Savor All-in-one seasoning Cooking Challenge, there was no doubt in my mind that the perfect dish to share is Pork Cottage Pie.

Pork Cottage Pie
Pork Cottage Pie

The basic cottage pie is made up of ground beef, carrots, onions and topped with potato slices, but for this recipe, I’m using ground pork and have added broccoli to the mix. And instead of sliced potatoes on top, I chose to mash them so I can make a pretty basket weave on top.

Let’s get started!

Pork Cottage Pie Recipe

Ingredients:

For the meat

500g ground pork (I chose the leaner kind)
1 large white onion, sliced  (I guess you can use the red one if you like, but I’m a white onion fan)
1 medium carrot, chopped
2 sticks of celery, chopped  (It’s really just one stick but I prefer to have more)
Broccoli (optional)
3 tsp of corn starch
1 pack of Pork Savor All-in-One Seasoning Mix

For the mashed potato

1000g potatoes
1/2 cup of milk
2 tbsp of butter
Salt and Pepper

How to cook:

Mashed potato

1. Start with the potatoes. Slice them in cubes, put them in a pot of water and boil until it is soft enough to mash.

2. In a bowl, put together the softened potatoes, milk and butter, then mash.

Boiled potato cubes

3. Add dashes of salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Meat recipe:

1. Heat the pan with oil. I was advised that coconut oil is the healthiest and safest cooking oil to use and that’s what I used.

2. Brown the meat, sliced onions and celery in the pan.

3. Once the meat is brown, add in the carrots and the broccoli, then mix.

4. Dissolve the cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water then pour into the meat in the pan.

5. Instead of making a pork broth, add 1 pack of Pork Savor on the meat and mix it with the meat and vegetables.

“The new PORKSAVOR™ All-in-One Seasoning mix is made from natural pork meat extract and bone broth, complete with spices and seasonings to bring out the deliciousness of home-cooked dishes.”


6. Let the meat simmer in the pan until all the water is gone. Don’t let the meat dry out, keep it moist. Put them all in an oven-safe dish.

8. Add the mashed potatoes on top, then using a fork, weave a basket pattern over it.

It should look like this:

9. The next step should be to bake it in an oven at 400 degrees Fahreheit for 30 minutes, but since I don’t have an oven yet, I had to improvise. I used my ever-reliable turbo roaster/oven to bake the pie.

My reliable turbo roaster

I put it on 250 C and heated it first for 10 minutes. Then I put the pie in and baked it for 15-20 minutes, until the potatoes looked crisp and have a golden brown color.

Tadaaaaaa!

Serving the Cottage Pie

There are many ways to serve the Cottage Pie. You can go for simple and just put a slice on a plate to enjoy, like how my li’l picky eaters have them.

Here’s our five year old spooning all the carrots, broccoli, onions, meat and potato into his mouth. Check out his smile!

For a more attractive serving, you can put a portion on a colorful plate like this:

For the picky eating hubby, serve him up a little romance. I didn’t have a souffle baking bowl to make the cottage pie, so I just used one of our fancier cups for this. Make sure that if you’re popping that cup in the oven, it must be oven-safe.

Look at that! What hubby can resist that?

Lovin’ Porksavor!

What I love about Porksavor is that the taste wasn’t sharp. It did not overpower the flavors of the ingredients in the dish, but instead, enhanced the meat which is the main ingredient.  The pork tasted so natural.

Plus, Porksavor comes in powdery form so it easily mixed and spread among the meat. It only costs Php 2 per pack! Super-tipid! It saved me time preparing broth.


My husband woke up craving for more of my cottage pie, that’s how much he loved it, and my kids said they can eat it again and again. They didn’t even know they ate onions last night, haha!

I love the entire experience. It’s my first time to join a cooking challenge and as you can see in the pictures, I put on an apron and a ‘chief and went all the way with it, crossing off a bucket list item of becoming  a cooking diva for a night!

Self-proclaimed cooking diva for a night!

 

So go ahead, try out my Pork Cottage Pie recipe using Porksavor All-in-One seasoning and get those picky eaters eating their veggies!

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40 Comments

  1. I guessed it! I said shepherd’s pie on fb but they’re kind of the same right? I made something similar a few weeks back but I used chicken and my kids loved it. Me the most because I love mashed potato. 🙂 Great entry May!
    And I love the presentation for the hubby! 😉

    1. Aww, thanks Mommy Jhanis! Yours was extremely creative. 🙂

      Yeah, according to my buddy, Wiki, the term Shepherd’s pie only came about in 1877, the first Cottage pie was created in 1791 and of british and Irish origin. But they’re basically the same except that Cottage pies have sliced potatoes and Shepherd’s have mashed ones.

      On the other hand, my Brit friend said that Cottage pie is beef and Shepherd’s pie is lamb. I did a Cottage pie before and I followed that recipe and just added a few twists — so I guess it’s in between. 😉

  2. I’ve always looking out for awesome recipes that include broccoli. We love eating broccoli but we got tired eating them with oyster sauce and mushrooms. Thanks for sharing this pork cottage pie, at least we have a new recipe to try.

    1. ahahahaha! saya diba? naku, mommy Rikka, if you only know all the fun things I get myself involved in, hahahaha. ganun talaga pag work at home na hindi masyado nakakalabas, nagkakaron ng sariling mundo, hahaha. 😉 I hope you enjoy the pie!

    1. Mommy Millie, improvise ka na lang. If you have small oven-safe containers na kasya sa oven toaster, okay rin. 🙂 Actually, if you don’t have an oven, you can just eat the meat and the mashed potato, masarap pa rin sya. 🙂

  3. Looks so delicious,May! At first,I thought about empanada then it’s more like Chinese pie,if you ever tried it before. This looks healthy and I’m sure our girls will like this when I make this.

  4. i like to try the recipe. My little Kweky is also a picky eater and he only eat veggies if it’s potatoes. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will soon blog about it when I cook it for my family

  5. That really looks so yummy! I wanna try it out. Too bad our turbo roaster died on me already and we don’t have an oven either. Ahhh! Must buy another turbo roaster soon. Good luck on the challenge! I really hope you win it. 🙂

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