Lancashire hotpot in a wide shallow casserole dish

Lancashire hotpot

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(77 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 40 mins


Serves 4

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

Nutrition and extra info

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Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal993
  • fat56g
  • saturates26g
  • carbs56g
  • sugars12g
  • fibre7g
  • protein70g
  • salt1.43g
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  • 100g dripping or butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 900g stewing lamb, cut into large chunks



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 3 lamb kidneys, sliced, fat removed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 4 carrots, peeled and sliced



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 25g plain flour
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 500ml lamb or chicken stock



    A lamb is a sheep that is under 1 year old; between 1 and 2 years old you will find it sold as…

  • 2 bay leaves
  • 900g potato, peeled and sliced



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…


  1. Heat oven to 160C/fan 140C/gas 3.

  2. Heat a little of the 100g dripping or butter in a large shallow casserole dish and brown 900g stewing lamb chunks in batches, lift to a plate, then repeat with 3 trimmed and sliced lamb kidneys.

  3. Fry 2 chopped onions and 4 peeled and sliced carrots in the pan with a little more dripping until golden.

  4. Sprinkle over 25g plain flour, allow to cook for a couple of mins, shake over 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, pour in 500ml lamb or chicken stock, then bring to the boil.

  5. Stir in the stewing lamb and kidneys and 2 bay leaves, then turn off the heat.

  6. Arrange 900g peeled and sliced potatoes on top of the meat, then drizzle with a little more dripping.

  7. Cover, then place in the oven for about 1½ hrs until the potatoes are cooked.

  8. 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.

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10th Oct, 2013
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.
22nd Apr, 2013
Oops, forgot to rate!!
22nd Apr, 2013
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!
22nd Mar, 2013
5th Feb, 2013
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!
29th Jan, 2013
Don't worry James, I DID add some seasoning! Pot in the oven as we speak.
22nd Jan, 2013
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.
29th Dec, 2012
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!
28th Dec, 2012
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!
26th Nov, 2012
Make this all the time and so yummy but this time I got the meat in Tesco and they didn't sell kidney. Was too lazy to go to a butcher for them so left them out. IMO this was a big mistake it was OK but not nearly so much flavour without the kidneys. I also cook it more slowly and for longer.


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