Sunday, 13 October 2013

Lamb hotpot

The weather is absolutely filthy today. It's raining heavily and there is a distinct chill to the stiff wind. It's time to put away the light salads and grilled meats of summer and get into the stodge.

This is a very simple but warming casserole. It just needs some greens to make a substantial and delicious meal for three: a dinner for the two of us and a frozen portion for a lunch at some point.
Lamb Hotpot (serves 3)

oil
1 onion
1 carrot
2 sticks of celery
3 cloves garlic
6 thick slices scrag end of lamb (about 1kg)
3-4 potatoes
salt, pepper, dried thyme
chicken stock

Pre-heat oven to 160C.

Peel and finely dice the onion and carrot and finely chop the celery. In a flame-proof casserole dish, warm a splash of oil and cook the vegetables until the onion is translucent, then add the sliced garlic.

Place the lamb slices on the vegetables and season with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of thyme, then add a single layer of thickly-sliced potatoes. Pour over chicken stock until it covers the lamb/just comes up to the base of the potatoes.

Cook over a medium heat until the stock starts to bubble, then put the lid on the casserole and bake in the oven for 2 hours. After 1 hour, remove from the oven and baste the potatoes with the stock, then return to the oven. Remove the lid for the last 15 minutes, if the potatoes aren't appetisingly browned.


2 comments:

The Cat's Mother said...

I do like lamb stews / casseroles

grace said...

i've never done this with lamb but often with beef--it's delicious!

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