My Mutton Hot Pot

The Hot Pot has that reputation of “let’s just throw everything in” but there’s so much more than that, always use great quality ingredients, or at least the best you can, I’m using mutton, A, because I love mutton and B, because I believe it will give you the best tasting hot pot, I’d much rather use Winter lamb or great mutton for my hot pot, I’m also going to put Kidneys into my hot pot, they’ll be perfectionists out there who’ll be screaming out loud at reading this, but I love kidneys and I think they add a great flavour too

SHOPPING LIST 

This will serve 4 people 

About 1kg of middle neck mutton 

4 kidneys cut into quarters and remove the White core

50g of butter 

1 large onion roughly chopped 

1kg of potatoes 

A couple of bay leaves 

50g of well seasoned flour 

4 carrots, peeled and cut in half 

4 anchovies (optional, but really worth adding)

Good splash of Worcestershire sauce 

500ml of lamb stock 

METHOD 

Melt the butter in a pan and cook the onion till soft, but don’t colour 

Peel the potatoes and slice thinly 

Mix the onions with half the sliced potatoes 

Layer the potato and onions evenly in a large casserole dish 

Place in the bay leaves 

Season well with salt and pepper 

Now dust your mutton with the seasoned flour 

Gently brown in a pan and transfer to the casserole ( you may have to do this in batches)

Now flour the kidneys and brown these

Add the kidneys to the casserole evenly 

You can now place in the carrots 

Chop the anchovies ( if using) and scatter over 

Season with salt and pepper and add a good splash of Worcestershire sauce 

Bring the lamb stock to the simmer 

Neatly arrange the remaining potatoes over the casserole 

Season well 

Pour in carefully the lamb stock 

Cover with a lid, if no lid use 2 layers of foil 

Place in a 200c heated oven for 25 minutes 

After 25 minutes turn the oven down to 140c and cook for 90 minutes 

After 90 minutes, remove the lid, now it can be eaten like this, but I like to put mine under a very hot grill so that the potatoes go nice and crisp 

This doesn’t really need anything else, but if you want to serve something, I’d go with some nicely braised red cabbage 

Just put the casserole in the centre of the table and enjoy 

Jon 

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