I think I’ve lost my mind.
It was hot like the face of the sun here in BC this week and out of nowhere, I’m craving comfort foods. Warm, cozy, potato-ey comfort foods like the kind my Nana used to make. I know, it makes NO SENSE, but that’s what I wanted. The only problem? My Nana was notoriously closed fisted with her recipes. When she passed away, we never did find her recipe stash.
Thankfully, my friend Jen, an English transplant, finally gave me the perfect recipe.
Jen doesn’t blog, which is a shame because she makes some of the best food I have ever eaten. The world is crying out for her recipes. I would eat her food every single day if I could.
Lancashire Hotpot is a tasty, ridiculously easy meal that everyone, pups and people can enjoy. What’s a Lancashire hot pot, you ask? Just a meat & potato pie. Who doesn’t love that?
Here’s what you need:
• 1 ½ lbs. cubed leg of lamb (you can sub in beef, if you prefer)
• 2 ½ lbs of potato, peeled & thinly sliced
• 2 tablespoon chopped, fresh thyme
• 2 cups lamb or beef stock
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 tablespoons butter
Preheat oven to 375F.
Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook the lamb cubes until they are a rich, chestnut brown.
Spread half the potatoes in the bottom of a hot pot. (Wait a minute, Jen! I need a special pan for this? Thanks for the heads up! OK, plan B. I’m making mine in a deep dish pie pan and I bet a regular baking dish would work just fine.) Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Cover with lamb and sprinkle thyme over top, evenly. Cover with remaining potatoes and dot with butter. Cover with stock.
Bake for 1 ½ to 2 hours. If it starts to dry out, don’t hesitate to add a bit more stock. My potatoes got really brown and tasty looking very fast, so I covered it with foil for the last hour.
The lamb was tender and tasty, the liquid was really yummy and those golden brown potatoes were exactly how I like them.
This wasn’t exactly Cooking for Dogs, it was cooking for me but the dogs got to partake as well. The dogs liked it too, after all, what dog wouldn’t love a bit of lamb casserole? This isn’t a balanced meal, so I sure wouldn’t give it to my pups every day, but as a special treat, this hearty snack makes a nice addition to your regular kibbles.
The humans loved it too. I was surprised that the gravy had that much flavour considering it’s only spiced with salt, pepper & thyme. My other half isn’t really a fan of lamb, but he gobbled this dish up and asked for more before he even realized what it was!
What is your go to recipe when you’re craving comfort foods?
What about when you are Cooking for Dogs what comfort foods do you make them?
Meet our Cooking for Dogs Editor Jodi and her dogs Kolchak and Felix
Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.