Lancashire hotpot

Lancashire hotpot

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 40 mins

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Serves 4

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

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  • 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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  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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tul0jpi's picture

Superb recipe! Left out the kidneys (no one likes them) but the results were still great and the cooking time was spot on. I don't think I would use shop-bought dripping again as this is quite unhealthy and didn't in my opinion add much to the dish, but this definitely got the 'cook again' vote in my house!

ckeatinge's picture
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I omitted the kidneys (forgot to buy), replaced 100ml of stock with white wine, and added rosemary. Good flavours, but needed a lot more cooking time - I put a second one made for the freezer back in the oven for a further hour.

prusue's picture

Sounds wonderful so will be making shortly. Won't make any changes except for cooking in slow cooker.

callysmith's picture

I'm going to try this with my slow cooker, its one that can go on the hob 1st, then I will spoon it out and grill for the end bit, might save on the fuel bill!

aclarke19's picture
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Lovely - although I left out the kidneys. All the family loved it, even my picky 4 year old!

53katiem's picture

I'm going to make this hot pot but can it be cooked on a hob instead of in the oven as like everyone else just now I am looking for ways to cut down on fuel costs?

matsah's picture

Instead of using kidney I used black pudding it gives a lovely taste, I also left out the bay leaf & added rosemary & thyme instead....really tasty!

joanianson's picture

Looks good. Will certainly make it. However, I will make a couple of changes. I will use sunflower spread instead of dripping or butter and, as I don't care for kidney will try adding a little bacon or a chorizo.




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