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!