Flavour of the month

With St. Patrick’s Day upon us this month’s recipe, that serves four, has an Irish flavour to it.

Irish Lamb and Colcannon Pie
12oz / 340g lamb – all visible fat removed.
1 carrot
1 onion
2 garlic gloves
2lb/ 900g potatoes
7oz/ 200g cabbage
4 spring onions
1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
1 tablespoon chicken Bovril or chicken bouillon
2 eggs
Salt and pepper to season
  • Preheat the oven to 170°C / 325°F / Gas 3.
  • Prepare the ingredients – cut the lamb in to bite-sized pieces, peel and dice the carrot, chop the onion, finely slice the garlic, peel and roughly chop the potatoes; finely shred the cabbage and slice the spring onions.
  • Boil the chopped tomatoes in a saucepan with the chicken Bovril/bouillon.
  • Place the lamb, carrot, onion, garlic, rosemary, tomatoes, and Bovril/bouillon in a large casserole dish. Season well, cover and transfer to the oven and cook for 1½ hours or until the meat is tender.
  • Meanwhile, boil the potatoes for 12/15 minutes until just tender. Add the cabbage for the last 4 minutes. Drain, return to the pan and mask. Stir in the spring onions, eggs and season well.
  • Increase the oven temperature to 220°C / 425°F / Gas 7.
  • Transfer the meat mix to an oven-proof baking dish, top with the potato and bake for 15/20 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
If you like the mash mix you can also try these variations, all based on 2lb/900g boiled potatoes:

Garlic and herb – Use a little low fat natural yoghurt when mashing the potatoes. Add seasoning. Then finely chop a selection of fresh herbs and stir into the mash with 3-4 crushed garlic cloves.

Cheese and leek - Use a little low fat natural yoghurt when mashing the potatoes. Add seasoning. Fry 2 finely chopped leeks until soft. Stir into the mashed potatoes with 4oz grated cheddar cheese.

Crunchy mustard - Use a little low fat natural yoghurt when mashing the potatoes. Add seasoning. Stir in 1 level tablespoon of wholegrain mustard and a handful of chopped chives.