One of our favourite one-pot meals, by far, is a lamb hotpot. It is so easy to throw together and is incredibly warming and comforting. I am desperately willing for it to be brighter and warmer, but we’ve still got frost and grey skies – so an ‘almost Spring’ hotpot is called for. You could make this in a slow cooker, but the potatoes wouldn’t get crispy on top. The lamb and vegetables would be lovely and tender, though. My onions, celery and carrots were all from our veg box and this is a classic, seasonal British dish.
Spring lamb is just coming into season. I usually ask the butcher for British lamb neck fillet, but a traditional ‘hotpot’ can also be made with neck chops, stewing lamb, diced leg or shoulder or something with a bone for extra flavour. For a Lancashire Hotpot, add 3 lamb kidneys, sliced, to the pan at the same time as browning your meat. Leave out the tomato paste and add a teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce instead.
I’m sending this recipe across to Louisa at Chez Foti who is hosting this month’s Simple and in Season.
I’m also sending this to Credit Crunch Munch hosted jointly by Helen at Fuss Free Flavour and Camilla at Fab Food 4 All – although buying lamb fillet can be pricey, the carrot, onions, celery and potatoes are all in season and were all from my veg box. The stock and tomato puree are store-cupboard staples.
This recipe takes around one and a half hours to cook in the oven. You could follow all the same steps and instead of transferring the lamb and veg to a lidded casserole dish, layer it up in a slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-8 hours on a low setting. Pop over to Mediocre Mum’s new site Slow Cooker Queen for more slow cooking ideas.
Finally, this is my first entry into Made with Love Mondays, too.
Oh you’ve made me so hungry Ren this dish looks utterly divine – let’s hope spring is just around the corner weatherwise! Thank you for entering Credt Crunch Munch.
Sally - My Custard Pie says
It’s strange, as soon as the temperatures start rising here I fancy warming hotpots like this. I also like a beef stew with dumplings…
How funny – back to front eating! Mind you, all the air conditioning out there would make me crave warm food 🙂
Andrea Mynard says
Looks wonderful Ren. I love these sort of one pot meals and warming comfort food like this is definitely still in order!
Thanks Andrea, more slow cooking on the go today, lamb shoulder, mnnnnn x
A good excuse to haul up the slow cooker, I think. It is snowing up here in Edinburgh and this would really hit the spot right now. PS Love your textile!
Bright and sunny today! No idea what this weather is doing. Hope you are well up in Edinburgh!
Javelin Warrior says
What a delicious and easy way to enjoy lamb! Now that it’s nearly spring, I’m in the mood for lamb but it’s wonderful to have a comforting one-pot meal for these chilly evenings… Thanks so much for sharing with Made with Love Mondays and welcome to the series!
Thank you so much, not sure why it’s taken me so long to join in! Thank you for sharing the post.
Louisa Foti says
This looks lovely Ren! A big hotpot fan here, and I love this very traditional set of ingredients. Looks like hotpot weather for a good while longer too 🙁
Thanks Louisa, yes sadly the Spring weather is showing no signs of appearing, so hotpot it still is!