Lancashire Hot Pot and a veggie version

Lancashire Hot Pot

A great traditional British dish that uses the cheaper cuts of lamb is Lancashire Hot Pot. Forget fast food, this dish takes hours to cook but the result is by far the best lamb dish you will taste.

You'll need:

3lb of good floury potatoes

One and a half pounds of neck of lamb. The butcher will chop it up for you. It comes in neat little rings.

2 large Onions

Half a pound of lamb's kidneys. (Leave these out if you do not like kidneys.)

salt and pepper.

Flour to dust the lamb

Good stock, either meat or vegetable.

A little olive oil or cooking fat


Peel and slice the potatoes thinly into circles.

Either chop up the lamb into good sized pieces or leave them in the chunky rings from the butcher.

Roll the pieces of lamb in flour, coating them lightly. Fry them in oil in a hot pan to brown them.

Slice the onions.

Cut any bits of white membrane out of the lamb's kidney and discard.

Using a good deep oven proof dish, grease the bottom and sides to prevent the potatoes from sticking.

Start to layer the dish. First put a layer of potato slices on the bottom and up the sides.

Then add some onion, then some of the lamb and kidneys.

Season with salt and pepper.

Then add more potato, more onion and more lamb.

Season, then add another layer. Keep layering until all the ingredients are used up, seasoning each layer

The final layer is of potato. Now gently pour in the stock. Brush the top layer of potatoes with oil or cooking fat.

Cover the dish and place in a pre-heated oven at 200C or gas mark 6 for an hour then reduce the heat to gas mark 3, or 135C for a further three hours.

Take off the cover for the last half hour to brown the top. The meat will melt in your mouth and the gravy will be delicious, while the potatoes on the top will be golden brown and crunchy.

Some treats for after dinner

For our vegetarian friends

The vegetarian alternative to this is also delicious and is cooked in a shorter time period.

For the veggie version you'll need:

Sliced onion

sliced parsnips

diced carrots

a few stalks of celery

a few cloves of garlic

Herbs to taste

A glass of sherry

cooking oil

salt and pepper.

Peeled potatoes, thinly sliced

Vegetable stock

A tin of plum tomatoes


Fry the onion and garlic in cooking oil to soften. After a few minutes, lift out the tomatoes from the tin, leaving the juice behind, and add them to the frying pan. Squash the tomatoes down and simmer for 5 minutes. Season the tomato juice that's left in the can with hot sauce, sugar and pepper and drink it! It's great!

Stir the mix occasionally. Now add the glass of sherry and boil gently, reducing the mixture a little.

Add the rest of the vegetables, leaving out the potatoes, and cook until they are soft.

Pour all this mixture into an oven proof dish. Pr-heat the oven to gas mark 4, 180C.

Place the thinly sliced potatoes over the top of the mixture and season, then brush with oil.

Cook in the pre-heated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until the potatoes are done.

Lip smackingly good.

Lancashire hot pot

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The Rope 7 years ago from SE US

Sounds wonderful although I somehow can't get past the "kidney" parts. Will have to try the veggie version. It's only mind over matter I'm sure.

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PiaC 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

Lancashire Hotpot is one of my favorite dishes in winter. I'll have to remember this one when the weather gets cold again.

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scarytaff 5 years ago from South Wales Author

Yes, try it PiaC. You'll love it. Thanks for commenting.

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houseclearance 5 years ago from Preston, Lancashire

I have always enjoyed the Lancashire hot pot its a good hearty meal and easy to make

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scarytaff 5 years ago from South Wales Author

Thanks for commenting, houseclearance. I agree with you all the way.

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