A traditional British favourite

Lancashire Hotpot.
Lancashire Hotpot.

Lancashire Hotpot

(Serves 4)


200g boneless lamb shoulder, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 4cm pieces

150g lamb leg steaks, cut into 4cm pieces

150g lamb neck fillet, cut into 4cm pieces

Pinch of caster sugar

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

25g plain flour

4 lamb loin chops (100g each)

2tbsp olive oil

50g salted butter, melted

4 onions, thinly sliced

500g Golden Wonder or other floury potatoes, peeled and cut into 2mm thick slices

Pinch of ground white pepper


Preheat the oven to fan 160C/325F/Gas 4.

Season the shoulder, steaks and neck fillet with the sugar, half a teaspoon of salt and some black pepper.

Toss with the flour and arrange in a heavy hotpot or casserole.

Season the loin chops.

Heat the oil in a pan and sear the chops on all sides for three to four minutes, or until golden brown. Put them on top of the raw meat.

Heat one tablespoon of the butter in a clean pan over a medium-low heat until foaming, add the onions with one teaspoon of salt and cook for two to three minutes, or until soft but not browned.

Spread the onions evenly over the lamb.

Put the potatoes in a bowl, add the remaining butter, season with one teaspoon of salt and a pinch of white pepper and mix well.

Layer the sliced potatoes on top of the onions. Bake the hotpot, covered, for two hours, removing the lid for the final 30 minutes.

To serve, divide among four bowls, making sure there’s a chop in each bowl.