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Author Notes: We are both lovers of lamb and sweet potatoes, so the combination of the two seemed natural. We won a drawing, and the prize was this powerful package of Savory Choice beef demi glace. We’ve tasted a killer osso bucco with demi glace, so it has the ability to shape a dish. The deep, rich flavor of this pot pie is due to the deep, rich demi glace. The crust was inspired by Simply Recipes, and it features citrus and herbs amongst the flakey layers. - duodishes
- 1 pound lamb, cubed
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1/2 large red onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large sweet potatoes, parboiled, peeled and cubed
- 1 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3 ounces demi glace
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
- Olive oil
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- Zest of 1 orange
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 3/4 cups unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 6-8 tablespoons ice water
- 1 1/2 tablespoon milk
- Start with crust. Combine flour, sugar, rosemary, orange and lemon zest, thyme and salt in a large bowl. Add chilled butter and combine with a pastry blender.
- Add shortening and combine to cut into flour and butter mixture. Mixture should resemble coarse cornmeal.
- Slowly add ice water by tablespoons. Mix well after each addition until dough begins to stick together.
- Place dough on a flat surface and divide into 2 even pieces. Roll into balls, dust lightly with flour and wrap in plastic. Place in fridge for at least an hour.
- Toss lamb with salt, pepper, caraway seeds, garlic and flour. Set aside.
- As dough chills, swirl a bit of olive oil in the bottom of a very wide and deep pan. When sizzling, add lamb pieces and cook on medium heat until just browned. Scoop onto a separate plate.
- If necessary, swirl a bit more olive oil in the same pan. Scrape up all the drippings on the pan, then slide onion and celery, cooking down until they soften and go translucent.
- Pour in wine and demi glace. Stir well. Add lamb back to the vegetables, followed by peas and bay leaf. Cover, turn down to a simmer and cook about 15 minutes.
- Stir together water and cornstarch and pour into lamb and veggies. Mix well. Add sweet potatoes and cook another 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and cool completely. Remove bay leaf.
- Once filling has cooled, take chilled dough and, on a floured surface, roll one ball for bottom crust layer. Drop in 9-inch pie dish and trim edges. Place in the fridge and roll second piece of dough for top.
- Remove bottom crust layer from fridge and pour in filling. Top with second layer and trim edges if necessary. Roll top crust edge over bottom crust. Put back in the fridge or pop in freezer 2-4 minutes for a quick chill if dough feels at all soft.
- Just before baking, brush milk over top crust. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Spring Lamb