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Lancashire Hot Pot Recipe

Lancashire Hot Pot

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"Very simple lamb and potato casserole made with layers of sliced potatoes, browned onion and leg of lamb, fresh thyme, stock and seasoning."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs

    2 hrs 20 mins


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Saute onion until soft and deep golden in color. Remove from skillet and set aside. Add lamb to skillet and fry (in batches if necessary) until rich chestnut brown in color, 12 to 15 minutes. Drain fat and reserve.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  3. Spread 1/2 of the potatoes in the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Place browned lamb and onions on top, then sprinkle with thyme and season to taste. Cover with remaining potatoes, season to taste and dot with butter. Pour stock over all.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Note: If casserole is drying out while cooking, add more stock as needed. If casserole is browning too quickly, cover with aluminum foil.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 25, 2005

Made receipe as directed. Lamb was very, very flavorful (but I love lamb). My wife, who's not a lamb fan, enjoyed it but didn't think it was the best lamb she's ever had. Potatoes were very dry on top, and completely mushy under the lamb. Top cover potatoes weren't covered by the broth, and I didn't add any so they dried out. I think they were supposed to be covered. Lamb was better the next day after sitting overnight in the fridge. Recommended changes: Add a tablespoon of sage. Add some carrots. Completely drain the lamb and onions of all the oil. Add more salt on the potatoes. Maybe add mushrooms for those who like them.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 06, 2008

3.5 stars. I feel like it needed an additional something...maybe a bit of wine, spice, je ne se quoi? I added peas and a bit of sage which gave it a nice flavor. I also browned ground lamb with the onions, added spices, and then layered. It was nice. Definitely a comfort food. I'll make again for another rainy day by the fire. It's a nice change...just needs a bit of tweaking...


29 Ratings

Feb 18, 2005

Simple and delicious. How strange that an English woman should find such a good Lancashire Hot Pot recipe on a US website. Best Lancashire Hot Pot I've ever eaten (including my Mother-in-Law's)! It needs lots of salt on the potatoes.

Apr 12, 2007

Delicious! I had leftover lamb from Easter, already cooked, so I skipped step 1, pre-cooked the potatoes in the microwave, didn't pre-cook the chopped onions, layered the casserole as directed, used beef broth rather than chicken, added frozen peas in the layer with the meat and onions, and covered the casserole dish. Baked for just under an hour and YUM! Hubby loved it, too!

Jan 03, 2005

I don't like lamb. My wife had me make some for Christmas dinner for her mother. I had a lot of left overs & made this recipe. IT WAS EXCELLENT ! My 16 year old son asked for seconds! I couldn't find lamb or chicken stock so I substituted chicken broth (1 10oz can). Cooked in a convection oven @ 375 for 1 1/2 hourc (cuz I was in a hurry)...Worked out & tasted GR8 !

Jul 18, 2005

Pretty good. Very filling but I would have preferred a vegetable or two added to it. I used seasoned salt throughtout.

Jun 13, 2012

I have made this for years, you definitely need to add bay leaves to the liquid and worstersauce, a couple of tablespoons. I also use lamb cutlets either neck, and other cuts with bone for flavour and i cover this in seasoned flour before lightly frying, this helps thicken the gravy while cooking. I cover the dish in tinfoil until the potatoes are soft and only take off at the end to crisp them up, maybe adding a bit more butter.... very delicious!

Apr 12, 2010

Wow! Lots of lamb stew flavor going on without it being a stew! The meat and potato guy said, "Add this one to the recipe box!" Can see us having this many more times. I did use leftover lamb from Easter and cut the oven temp. halfway through. I also covered with foil for a time. You will like this one! Thanks for a great recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 38.4 g
  • 12%
  • Cholesterol
  • 58 mg
  • 19%
  • Fat
  • 16.3 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 5.3 g
  • 21%
  • Protein
  • 17.1 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 302 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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