Lamb shank pie

Lamb shank pie

Have You Eaten
Billy Law

‘Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, cook it slow, cook it slow, cook it slow!’ Yes, nothing beats a slow-braised lamb shank stew in winter, with buttery puff pastry to soak up all the beautiful sauce. Now all you need is a glass of red and a good DVD or some music.


Quantity Ingredient
4 lamb shanks
4 tablespoons plain flour, for dusting
4 tablespoons olive oil
40g butter
3 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 onions, diced
5 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
250ml veal stock
375ml red wine
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs thyme, leaves picked
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
4 sheets puff„ pastry
1 egg, lightly beaten for egg wash


  1. Dust the lamb shanks with the flour, then shake off any excess flour. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium–high heat and brown the lamb shanks on all sides. Remove and set aside.
  2. Melt the butter in the same pot, then add the carrots, celery, onions and garlic, and sauté for 5 minutes until caramelised. Pour in the veal stock to deglaze the pot, then return the lamb shanks to the pot. Pour in enough red wine until the lamb shanks are fully submerged (you’ll need about half a bottle of wine, perhaps a bit more). Add the bay leaves and thyme, turn the heat down to low and braise the lamb shanks for 2 hours, or until the meat falls off the bone.
  3. Remove the lamb shanks from the pot and shred the meat off the bones, then return the meat to the pot. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with parsley and mix well. Set the bones aside.
  4. Preheat the oven to 200°C‰. Divide the lamb stew among 4 heatproof bowls, then insert a lamb bone upright in the centre of each bowl.
  5. Make a small hole in the centre of each pastry sheet, just big enough for the bone to slide through, then line up the hole over the bone and gently lower the pastry onto the bowl. Fold the corners of the pastry inward towards the bone, then pinch the pastry along the rim of the bowl to seal. Brush the pastry with the egg wash, then bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown.
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