Comforting Lamb Pie

by Chef Foode - Monday March 7, 2016 5:03 pm

Donald Russell is a Royal Warrant holding butcher and Britain’s leading mail-order and wholesale meat supplier.

They have a selection of pies, which includes a range of classic flavours, such as Beef Pie, Steak and Kidney Pie, Cottage pie and Shepherds Pie.

Serves 4-6

880g Donald Russell Diced Lamb

½ tbsp cornflour

½ tsp ground cumin

1 pinch ground nutmeg

Salt and pepper

2 tbsp sunflower oil

200g onions, 1cm diced

100g carrots, 1cm diced

100g parsnips, 1cm diced

2 tbsp tomato puree

80ml red wine

50ml port

350ml lamb stock

3 tbsp redcurrant jelly

Puff pastry, pre-rolled

Egg yolk, beaten

  1. Preheat your oven to 170ºC/Fan 160°C/Gas 3. 
  2. Put the lamb, cornflour, cumin, nutmeg, salt and pepper into a large foodsafe plastic bag and shake until the lamb is evenly coated. 
  3. Heat a large heatproof casserole dish on a high heat, add the oil, then brown the meat in small batches and set aside. 
  4. In the same dish, add the onions, carrots, parsnips and tomato puree and soften for 3-5 minutes with the lid on. Deglaze the pan with wine and port, stirring to dislodge all the tasty bits.
  5. Return the meat to the pan, adding the stock and jelly. Bring to the boil and cover. Transfer to the oven for about 2 hours, or until the meat starts to fall apart.
  6. Remove from the oven and place on top of the hob. Remove the lamb with a slotted spoon and put into a pie dish. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, then add the sauce to the pie dish, stirring to coat the lamb, and set aside to cool. 
  7. 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, preheat your oven to 200ºC/Fan180ºC/Gas 6.  Cover the pie dish with puff pastry, crimp the edges to seal and decorate. Brush the pastry with egg yolk and cut two slits in the top of the pie to let the steam escape. 
  8. Place on a baking tray in your preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the filling is hot and the pastry is crisp and golden.
  9. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. Serve with braised cabbage and potatoes of your choice.
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