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Slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and roasted garlic pie

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Slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and roasted garlic pie

I’ve been on a pie-kick this Winter (well, actually all my life), and this one is by far my favourite. Tender, succulent lamb in a rich sauce flavoured with rosemary and sweet roasted garlic. I mean, is there anything better? Well yes, top that with a layer of crisp, buttery puff pastry and you have pie perfection.

Slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and roasted garlic pie

To make this easy I’ve used boneless leg of lamb cubes but you can most certainly use a whole leg or shoulder of lamb and cook it until it falls apart. It will certainly be cheaper to do it that way if you’re making a big pie and the flavour will be slighly richer because you’ll be cooking the meat with the bone in.

Slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and roasted garlic pie

Many people complain that they simply don’t have time to cook pies, stews and curries during the week as these are all dishes which require long cooking and if you don’t have a pressure cooker, it can be quite a hassle. My solution is to cook your stew, curry or pie filling the night before. Everyone knows that slow-cooked dishes taste better when left overnight so by cooking it the night before you are assured a delicious meal the next day plus, the flavours will be so much better. Of course, if you have a slow-cooker you can just pop all the ingredients into it in the morning and have the same result when you get back home at night. Whichever way you decide to do it, do give this pie a go. It is absolutely moreish and equally suitable for a casual weeknight meal or to impress dinner guests.

Slow-cooked lamb, rosemary and roasted garlic pieThis recipe formed part of the June recipe mailer I did for NoMU

Slow-roasted lamb, rosemary and roasted garlic pie
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Recipe type: Pie, Main,
Serves: 4
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1kg boneless leg of lamb cubes
  • 2 teaspoons All purpose rub
  • 250ml red wine
  • 500ml lamb stock (made with Lamb Fond)
  • 5 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 roll, ready-made puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°c.
  2. In a medium, oven-proof pot, saute the onion and carrot in a little olive oil until soft and translucent.
  3. Add the lamb and allow to brown before adding the all purpose rub, red wine, stock and 4 sprigs of rosemary.
  4. Cover the pot and place in the oven. Allow to braise for 2-3 hours until the lamb is tender and succulent.
  5. Wrap the garlic bulb in foil and place alongside the lamb in the oven.
  6. Allow the garlic to roast for 60-90mins until sweet and soft then remove from the oven and squeeze the juicy flesh from the papery skins.
  7. When the lamb is cooked, remove from the oven and transfer to a suitable pie dish. Top with the roasted garlic and add another sprig of fresh rosemary.
  8. Raise the temperature of the oven to 200°c.
  9. Cover the lamb with the puff pastry (cut to size) and crimp edges. Cut a slit into the pastry to allow steam to escape and brush the pastry with the beaten egg.
  10. Place the pie into the oven and allow to bake until the pastry is golden brown and crisp (approximately 30 minutes).
  11. Remove from the oven and serve immediately.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Tom

    I found this to have far too much liquid and my filling had no real pie form.
    It was a nice stew though.

    • Alida Ryder

      Tom, that’s a pity. Perhaps in the future, allow it to reduce the filling more while cooking before making the pie?

  • Tessa

    This looks really lovely and is making me hungry just looking at it. What is All purpose rub though?

    • Alida Ryder

      Tessa, All Purpose Rub is a spice mix from NoMU (a South African spice company). You’ll find the link to their site just before the recipe.

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