cottage pie

/KOH-tijh pigh/

A traditional British dish, with many variations throughout the world, in which minced (US: ground) beef, frequently left over from the 'Sunday joint', is seasoned and mixed with onions and then topped with mashed potato and baked. The surface of the potato is usually roughed up with a fork, drawn up into little peaks which blacken during the baking. Modern versions are likely to be much more elaborate and tasty. Not surprisingly, shepherd's pie is made with minced lamb.