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Individual Shrewsbury Lamb Pie with Peas
600g lean lamb, diced
2 tbsp seasoned flour
2 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 onion, peeled and chopped
150ml light red wine (Beaujolais or similar)
500ml lamb stock
2 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
A few sprigs of Rosemary
½ tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp English mustard
2 tbsp redcurrant jelly
350g frozen peas
Juice of 1 lemon
Sea salt and black pepper
500g ready roll puff pastry
Flour, to dust
1 egg, beaten
Place the diced lamb in a plastic bag with the seasoned flour and shake so the meat is coated well.
Heat a large frying pan until very hot, add the oil and butter and fry the lamb, and onion until all the pieces of lamb are browned. Don’t crowd the pan, cook in batches. Transfer to a casserole dish and set aside.
Add the red wine and stock to the pan, bring to the boil, add the garlic, rosemary, Worcestershire sauce, mustard and redcurrant jelly and stir well. Add a little seasoning and transfer to the casserole dish.
Stir all of the ingredients together, cover with a tight fighting lid and cook for an hour or an hour and a quarter, until just tender (If using a slow cooker, cook for about 7 hours).
Meanwhile prepare the pastry lids; on a floured surface, roll the pastry to a thickness of 1cm and cut out the individual pie dish shape, place on a greased baking sheet, brush with the beaten egg to glaze. Preheat oven to 180°C/Gas 4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the pastry has risen and is golden brown.
Remove the casserole dish from the oven and check the seasoning, add the peas and lemon juice, stir well. Place on the hob and bring to boil for around 3 minutes, remove from the heat.
If you are serving individual pies divide the lamb mixture between 4 x warmed pie dishes and keep warm.
When you are ready to serve, place the pastry lid on top of each of the pies.
Chef's tip: Best served with a cold pint of beer!
The less water you use when cooking peas, the less vitamin C is lost. Steaming helps to conserve this vitamin.
When boiling frozen peas, add enough water to cover, bring to the boil and then cover and simmer for 3 minutes. To microwave 227 grams (8oz) of frozen peas add 15ml (1 tablespoon) of water, place in a non metallic container and cover. Cook on full power for 4 minutes (750W) or 4 1/2 minutes (650W).