Slow Cooker Season - Lamb Flank and Thyme Pie
This week marked the sacred annual event that happens every time Autumn without fail - our oven stopped working for more than 20 minutes at a stretch - as reliable as the tides and heralding the dark cold nights that lay ahead. Being an old beast of a thing, it is to be expected, even if it isn’t celebrated.
While we wait for Gordon the repairman (not only are we on a first name basis, but he"s actually a shortcut in my phone and I am in his), I climbed under the counter to dust off the slow cooker to feed us this week. I do love the slow cooker - a sort of magic that means 10 minutes in the morning results in dinner I don’t feel like I’ve slaved over.
To celebrate slow cooker season, we have pulled together a new box of meat for you and a wee recipe to go with it. This box is a mix of our favourite slow cooking cuts
- Lamb Flank (between 650-750g)- perfect for slow roasting then pulling into tender strips for lancashire hot pot, pie or made into a spicy moroccan tagine.
- Beef Brisket (roughly 1kg) - so often considered a "poor man's cut" our brisket is aged 30 days and there is nothing poor about it!! Its perfect for a log slow Sunday roast or if you are adventurous, it takes on a new depth in the smoker.
- Beef Stewing Steak (1kg) - how do you do yours? I am partial to steak, ale and mushroom, with lots of rosemary and a flakey rough puff pastry. My kids like theirs as chilli.
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And now on to the recipe::
Lamb Flank & Thyme Pie
1 Lamb Flank
2 Carrots, Chopped Into Rounds
3 Potatoes, Cubed
1 Onion, Chopped
2 Cloves Of Garlic, Chopped
Handful Of Kale, Chopped
Small Bunch Of Fresh Thyme
2 Tablespoons Of Cornflour
1. Place ingredients, except the puff pastry, cornflour and kale, in a slow cooker with 2 cups of water or stock. Lightly salt. Cook for 8 hours on medium or until the meat falls apart.
2. When you are ready to make the pie, remove the flank and pull apart the meat with a fork. Mix it and the chopped kale back into the stew. Mix the cornflour with cold water and stir through.
3. Place the stew into a pie dish and cover with puff pastry. Brush the crust with an egg or milk wash.
4. Bake at 180c for 15 minutes or until the puff pastry is browned.