Comforting lamb pie

Comforting lamb pie


  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. Return the meat to the pan, adding the stock and jelly. Bring to the boil and cover.
  5. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Recipe from Donald Russell.

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Serve with braised cabbage and potatoes of your choice


880g diced lamb
1?2 tbsp cornflour
1?2 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


Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4-6
Nutrition: n/a