Lamb neck is full of flavour and makes a rich filling for these mini pies. The key is to make sure you remove all the fat from the sauce and mix the shredded meat with just enough sauce to coat it. We use the classic combination of shortcrust pastry for the cases and puff for the tops.
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 kg boneless lamb neck, cut into 8cm pieces
- Seasoned plain flour, for dusting
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
- 12 anchovy fillets
- 200 ml dry white wine
- 200 ml chicken stock
- ¼ cup (firmly packed) rosemary leaves
- 375 gm butter-puff pastry rolled to 3mm thick (see note) (1 sheet)
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- Barbecue or tomato sauce, to serve
- 240 gm plain flour, sieved
- 180 gm cold unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
- 1Heat oil in a large casserole over high heat. Dust lamb in flour, shake off excess, and fry in batches until browned all over (3-5 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add onion and garlic to casserole and fry until golden (3-5 minutes), then stir in anchovies until starting to dissolve (1 minute). Add wine, reduce by half (3-4 minutes), then add stock and rosemary. Reduce heat to low, return lamb to pan, cover and simmer until tender (2-2½ hours). Remove lamb with a slotted spoon, set aside and simmer sauce uncovered until reduced by three-quarters (30-40 minutes). Season to taste and cool. Cover meat and sauce and refrigerate separately until chilled (2-3 hours). Scrape fat from top of sauce, shred lamb and add enough sauce to coat (discard remaining) and refrigerate until required.
- 2For shortcrust pastry, process flour, butter and 1 tsp salt in a food processor until just combined. Add 80ml iced water a little at a time, pulsing between additions, until a dough forms. Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to rest. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick, cut out twelve 9cm-diameter rounds and use to line a 12-cup, 60ml muffin tray and refrigerate for 30 minutes to rest.
- 3Cut out twelve 7cm-diameter rounds of puff pastry and refrigerate until required.
- 4Divide lamb mixture among pastry cases, brush edges with eggwash and top with puff pastry rounds, pressing edges to seal. Trim edges, pierce tops and refrigerate for 30 minutes to rest.
- 5Preheat oven to 200C. Cover pies with baking paper, then an oven tray (so tops don’t puff up too much) and bake until tops start to turn golden (8-10 minutes). Uncover and bake until golden (15-20 minutes). Serve with your favourite sauce.
We use Carême puff pastry, which comes in 375gm sheets.
Drink Suggestion: Savoury sangiovese. Drink suggestion by Max Allen
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