English Cottage Pie

Worcestershire sauce is the secret ingredient in the meat sauce for this recipe. It is the distant cousin of a tamarind-flavored Indian sauce which is served in Indian restaurants. The tamarind/Indian date is a flat seed with a sweet-and-sour sticky paste. Tamarind grows in India, Asia and northern Africa.

Meat Filling

    2 pounds lean ground beef
    2 cups chopped yellow onion
    1 packet Lipton
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    1 cups starchy water from boiling potatoes
    1 tablespoon beef base
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
    1 teaspoon dried summer savory leaves
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    cup water
    2 large carrots, peeled and quartered

Potato Topping

    3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and quartered
    2 tablespoons butter
    Pinch sweet paprika
    Ground black pepper
    2 tablespoons half-and-half
    teaspoon garlic salt
    teaspoon salt


1.  Boil the carrots and potatoes in a 6-quart Dutch oven. Drain
     and reserve 1 cups water from the potatoes. Set the
     potatoes and carrots aside.

2.  In the same Dutch oven, brown beef then add onions, soup
     mix, 1 cups water from boiling potatoes, beef base,
     Worcestershire sauce, parsley and savory. Cover and simmer
     10 minutes.

3.  Mix flour with the cup water until smooth. Pour in some
     of the hot liquid from the meat.

4.  Stir back into the meat. Slice the carrots into -inch pieces.
     Add to meat mixture. Pour into a 3-quart casserole.
 
5.  In a large bowl, mash potatoes. Stir in butter, paprika,     
     pepper, half-and-half, garlic salt and salt. If you use a mixer,     
     you risk having gluey potatoes and these need to be fluffy.         
     Arrange the potatoes in little heaps over meat or flatten with a  
     fork for a more traditional appearance.

7.  Bake in preheated 350
oven for 30 minutes.

     Hint: For a fancy dinner, place mashed potatoes in a pastry
     bag fitted with a large star tip. Pipe rounds onto meat filling.

     Makes 4 servings