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Cook2 hrs 5 mins
Scrumptious and heart warming on a cool fall or winter night. Sooo worth the time and effort!! This is really good with or without the jalapeno pepper, the pepper is not traditional, but does add a nice bite.
- 8 lamb chops, about 2 . 5 cm thick
- 4 lambs kidneys, cut into quarters, cores removed
- 1⁄4 cup plain flour
- 50 g butter
- 4 potatoes, thinly sliced
- 2 large onions, sliced
- 1 large carrot, chopped
- 1 3⁄4 cups beef stock or 1 3⁄4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 30 g butter, melted
- 1 large jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 315f degrees.
- Brush a 4 litre overproof casserole with melted butter or oil.
- Trim the meat of excess fat and sinew.
- Coat the chops and kidneys with seasoned flour shaking off and reserving any excess.
- Heat the butter in a large frying pan and brown the chops quickly on both sides.
- Remove the chops from the pan and set aside, then cook the kidneys until browned.
- Layer half the potato slices into the base of the casserole, then top with the chops and the kidneys.
- Add the onion,pepper, if using and carrot to the frying pan and cook until the carrot begins to brown.
- Layer on top of the chops and kidneys.
- Sprinkle the reserved flour over the base of the pan and cook, stirring, until dark brown.
- Gradually pour in the stock and bring to the boil, stirring.
- Season well with salt and cracked black pepper, and add the thyme and bay leaf.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, then pour the mixture into the casserole.
- Layer the remaining potato over the top, covering the meat and veggies.
- Cover and cook in the oven for 1 1/4 hours.
- Remove the lid, brush the potato with butter and cook for a further 30 minutes, or until the potato is brown.
Very close to the real thing, Dorothy. The 'Staff of life to us in winter and really delicious. The kidney was always optional, but the jalapeno pepper - NO, NO, NO, Never! People who ate this as children are still making and eating it today - I know, I'm one of them, an ex-Lancashire lass. Very easy to make, and quicker than it sounds - most of the time it's sitting in the oven - lovely smell.
Very good! My favourite recipe is from Elisabeth Ayrton 'The Cookery of England' (1974) which she describes as 'the true Lancashire hotpot as cooked in the kitchens of Loughton Hall'. This is pretty close. Try adding 50g cooked ham, teaspoon of mace and a pinch of cayenne instead of the chilli.
very good - my entire flat loved it!