RECIPE: Mini Cottage Pies with Cheese Crust – Great for Snacks and Lunch Boxes

Hands up if your Kmart pie maker has reignited the flame in your house for all things PIE! Well good news, we have a brand new recipe for party-pie sized pies which could easily be adapted for a pie maker. We give you individual cottage pies with a cheese crust! HOLY YUM!

The perfect winter comfort meal and footy snack, pies are EASY to make at home with basic, easy to source ingredients. The kids (and adults) will be gulping them down in no time and perfect for a session in front of the TV watching the footy.

NOTE: the recipe will yield less if used in a pie maker machine, plus you will need to keep an eye on the pastry and adjust cooking times.

Apron on? Let’s get busy!

Individual Cottage Pies with Cheese Crust Recipe  

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Serves: 24 mini pies


  • 200g shortcrust pastry
  • ½ cup finely-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 brown onion, finely diced
  • 2 sticks celery, finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • sea salt flakes and white pepper
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cup cream
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ cup grated Gouda cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Roll out the shortcrust pastry to 3mm thick, scatter with Parmesan, fold over to enclose, then roll out again to 3mm thick. Cut 24 x 7cm circles and line into mini pie dishes. Line with foil and baking weights, then bake for 25 minutes, until crisp. Set aside to cool.
  2. Sauté the onion, celery and garlic in extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan over a moderate heat for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the mince and cook until browned.
  4. Mix in the stock and tomatoes, then simmer gently for 45 minutes, until thickened. Season with salt.
  5. Steam the potatoes until tender, then press through a ricer or mesh sieve.
  6. Boil the cream and butter in a small saucepan, stir into potatoes, then season with salt and pepper.
  7. Fill the pastry shells with beef mixture and top with potato and Gouda.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes, until cheese starts to brown.

Perfect for lunch, dinner and for popping extras in the freezer for later. YUM!

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Mitsubishi Electric Australia understands that the kitchen is the heart of the home and encourages Australians to cook with the freshest of ingredients. As the Mitsubishi Electric Ambassador, Ed Halmagyi highlights how Aussies can cook fresh but still enjoy the feel of winter comfort food.

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