Lancashire hotpot

Lancashire hotpot

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 40 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

This famous lamb stew topped with sliced potatoes should be on the menu at every British pub

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
993
protein
70g
carbs
56g
fat
56g
saturates
26g
fibre
7g
sugar
12g
salt
1.43g
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Ingredients

  • 100g dripping or butter
  • 900g stewing lamb, cut into large chunks
  • 3 lamb kidneys, sliced, fat removed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 25g plain flour
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml lamb or chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 900g potatoes, peeled and sliced

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3. Heat some dripping or butter in a large shallow casserole dish, brown the lamb in batches, lift to a plate, then repeat with the kidneys.
  2. Fry the onions and carrots in the pan with a little more dripping until golden. Sprinkle over the flour, allow to cook for a couple of mins, shake over the Worcestershire sauce, pour in the stock, then bring to the boil. Stir in the meat and bay leaves, then turn off the heat. Arrange the sliced potatoes on top of the meat, then drizzle with a little more dripping. Cover, then place in the oven for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are cooked.
  3. Remove the lid, brush the potatoes with a little more dripping, then turn the oven up to brown the potatoes, or finish under the grill for 5-8 mins until brown.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2009

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vintagemunchkin's picture
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Made this for my Lancashire fella and he ate the whole thing. I omitted the kidney as he said his Mum makes it without. Was happy with it!

shivtc's picture
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Lovely. Made up as half measures just for the two of us, very tasty. Will def make again.

helers's picture
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I used goose fat left over from Christmas instead of dripping, I added a sprig of Rosemary as it is abundant in the garden. Everyone loved it but I did't tell my picky eaters that they were eating kidney as they would have, IMO, tasted it differently (none of my guests eat kidney - not because they don't like the taste as they have never tried them but because they are offal!!!) Sadly I can't give them the recipe!!

troopc's picture

My husband made me this, was lovely, only he needed to season the pototoes a little more. Lovely alternative to Sunday roast.

kiwilady's picture
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Made this evening and really enjoyed. Didn't add the kidneys as don't like. Added Rosemary as well as bay leaves. 900 grams produces too many potato slices for dish but I just cooked what was left over with a little olive oil, rosemary and garlic paste on a baking tray for about 20 mins and it was a nice crispy side addition to the dish. Hotpot was very flavoursome but may have benefited with the gravy/juice being a touch thicker. Served with broccoli, peas, beetroot, red cabbage and crusty bread. Would make again.

zarahcrawshaw's picture

Made this at weekend, simple and easy, very tasty, followed recipe but used stew beef as took out the wrong meet from freezer. Tasted just as good. My little boy who is 4 struggles to eat meat but he enjoyed it so much we had it today also. I soaked up the juices with crusty bread. Will definately do this again and will try lamb next time.

Pee's picture

Made this today with chops because I tend to cook with what I have already in stock, so also omitted the kidneys, but the dish was really tasty without them. After the hour and a half was up, I simply whacked the oven up to full blast and after 10 mins the potatoes were lovely and browned. Easy and tasty, served it with crusty bread to mop up the juices, yum !

freshcream's picture

I admit I didnt follow the recipe exactly - I didnt add the kidneys and I didnt have any Worcestershire sauce so I subbed it with 1 tsp vinegar + 1 tsp soy sauce + 1 tsp tamarind paste + a few drops of Tabasco, all of which I mixed into my stock - but the rest was the same as the recipe and my kids loved it. They arent big on veg but couldnt get enough of the carrots and potatoes, as they really make the dish (throw in as many as u dare). I'd definitely make it again, but this time, less stock and thicker stock, and serve it with hummus....mmmmm.

potty01926's picture

Very easy to build and a really great meal. I used a slow cooker rather than the oven leaving it on all day on low. Even my old Mum, who eats very little these days, had a mega plate full. Great flavour but I do prefer using neck of lamb.

sexmad84's picture

i have just go a slow cooker and would like to know how do I go about doing a Lancashire hotpot in a slow cooker ?

kazlouandandy's picture

This was delicious! Used rump steaks and finely chopped the carrots, added finely chopped celery too. Had no bay leaves so just added some mixed herbs and also misread the worcester sauce and put in 2 tablespoons! WIll definitely do this one again.

andreacalverley1@gmail.com's picture

A lovely hotpot recipe. I didn't include the kidneys but only because I couldn't get them in time & next time I make this I will definitely include them. However, the dish was very tasty without them. Just remember that the potatoes need plenty of seasoning before it goes into the oven! I also used thin cut lamb rump steaks & they cooked lovely at 140 deg C for hour & half. Yummy indeed.

allielovetocook's picture
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Oops, forgot to rate!!

allielovetocook's picture
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Utterly delicious recipe, we all loved it. I didn't end up using kidneys but only because the ones I'd had were past their use by date. Just out of interest I will buy them again and put them in next time, but I don't feel that the dish was missing anything by not using them. Yet again Good Food site renders my shelves of cookbooks useless!! Thank you Good Food!

ouchorocks's picture
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Deeeeelicious!

jessicaferguson1988's picture
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LOVE this recipe! I left out the kidneys and added a few dried herbs and was very pleased with the results. It is so easy to make and full of flavour - great to feed a crowd!

thistledo's picture

Don't worry James, I DID add some seasoning! Pot in the oven as we speak.

oxocube's picture
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Really great recipe. Exactly what you'd expect from James Martin really... plenty of butter/dripping. Although I did substitute this for regular olive oil in order to make this a bit healthier and it worked a treat. Also I cut out the kidneys simply to cut down on ingredients and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Well worth trying and super easy.

pamperina's picture

This is a good recipe but I used olive oil instead of butter to fry the lamb chops from a couple of racks - did not use stewing lamb - the olive oil is a healthier alternative and much tastier it also does not deter from the authenticity of the flavor. The lamb chops from a rack are so much more tender. No need for the carrots, Worchestershire sauce or bay leaf - make a big green salad as an accompaniment. One of our favorite dishes!

graley's picture
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Great recipe for a family lunch or as an easy alternative to Sunday roast.
I used bacon in place of the kidneys and it worked really well!

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