Dig Into A Lancashire Hotpot!
First, this is NOT a picture of my dish – I went online to find some gorgeous photos of a traditional “Lancashire Hotpot” to show you what it should be – before I tried to make it myself!
First, some history: my blogging friend Carol shared this recipe, a favorite dish of hers growing up. I told her I was going to make it and I did!
Lancashire Hotpot is from the Lancashire area of North England – it is thought to have originated in the 19th century.
I put out most of the ingredients needed for the dish – except I made a strategic choice of protein: you see, this dish was originally made with mutton, stewed slowly over a low fire.
I used boneless lamb chunks..many use it on the bone for more flavor, but I didn’t have that…more history of his recipe: family members would combine the ingredients and then allow them to cook over many hours. In the initial stages of industrialisation and urbanisation, both men and women of all ages had long, strictly-regulated work hours that made it impossible to cook food that required extensive attention and preparation time. It’s a simple meal that would have been left to cook slowly all day, ready for the hungry workers at the end of their shift.
As I sautéed some garlic and onion in olive oil, I followed Carol’s terrific recipe:
- 1¼ lb lamb, diced (neck, shoulder, chops)
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 large onions, peeled and chopped
- lots of garlic
- 1 tbsp flour
- 2 cups hot chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1½ lb potatoes, peeled and cut into ⅛-inch thick slices
- 2 tbsp melted butter (for the top)
- 1-2 fresh thyme sprigs.
Preheat the oven to 350F/170C.
In a dutch oven/casserole on medium heat melt the butter and vegetable oil until heated through 1-2 minutes add the onions and cook for 4 mins stirring regularly.
Add the lamb then add the flour and cook for 3 minutes stirring.
Add the broth, bay leaves, salt, pepper, thyme sprigs and Worcestershire sauce and stir well to combine.
Note: I was out of Worcestershire, so used Sherry Pepper sauce instead.
Cover and cook over medium heat for 45 minutes then add the carrots and stir well.
My “Waterlogged” Meal?
I want to take a moment and tell you that I was a bit concerned: did I use too much stock in this? It seemed VERY WET! I took a deep breath and kept following Carol’s recipe.
Transfer the content to a suitable sized casserole dish and garnish with the sliced potatoes. depending on the shape of your dish you can start on the outside and work towards the centre or just layer the potatoes in lines down the dish.
Brush the tops of the potatoes with the melted butter and then I sprinkled the dish with thyme.
AND IT WAS STILL VERY WET!
I brushed the top of the potatoes with the butter and then stuck it in the oven.
Bake for 1 hr 30 minutes and then increase the oven temperature to 390F/200C remove the lid and bake again for 20-530 minutes until the potatoes are golden and crisp.
And how did my watery dish turn out?
Crispy Golden Goodness!
I am so happy to report that it turned out deliciously! The stock was all absorbed into he potatoes, leaving a delicious creamy sauce underneath!
I loved this dish: it was rich, hearty and flavorful! Big chunks of tender lamb in a creamy sauce with potatoes and carrots giving it a satisfying heft!
My thanks to Carol, who posts a ton of great recipes, as well as insight into our environment and what we can all do to protect the future of this planet…here is her Lancashire Hotpot post – see more of her great recipes here:
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