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Lancashire Hotpot

Lancashire Hotpot

Ingredients
900g/2lb lean lamb chops, cutlets or chump chops, trimmed
15-30ml/1-2tbsp dried mixed herbs
15ml/1tbsp sunflower oil
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped mint
4 lambs kidney's skinned, cored and cut into small pieces
3 medium onions, peeled and cut into wedges
15ml/1tbsp plain flour
600ml/1pint good, hot lamb stock
15-30ml/1-2tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
2 bay leaves
25g/1oz butter, softened
900g/2lb red potatoes, unpeeled and sliced

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 10min
Cooking Time: 2hr

Instructions
  1. Coat the cutlets with the mixed herbs. Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the chops or cutlets, in batches until brown, turning once. Transfer into a 2.8L/5pint ovenproof casserole dish with a lid. Sprinkle over half the mint.
  2. Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.
  3. Add the kidney to the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes and then spoon over the cutlets. Fry the onions for about 10 minutes until brown adding a little more oil to the pan if necessary. Stir in the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and seasoning.
  4. Pour the stock and onion mixture into the casserole dish and sprinkle over the remaining mint and add the bay leaves. Arrange the potato slices on top of the casserole dish in an overlapping pattern. Season and dot with half the butter. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for 1½hours. Remove the lid and cook for a further 50 minutes.
  5. Brush the potatoes with the remaining butter and place the casserole under a preheated moderate grill for 4-5 minutes until the potatoes are crisp and golden.
  6. Serve with seasonal vegetables.