The name "cottage pie" was first used at the end of the 18th century. It was around that time that the poorer people of Britain, people who lived in cottages in the country, started using potatoes as an everyday food. Originally, a pie made with any kind of meat and mashed potato was called a "cottage pie".
- John Ayto (1990) The Glutton's Glossary: A Dictionary of Food and Drink Terms, Routledge, London.
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