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For the lamb

1 tbsp olive oil
1.5 kg lamb — Neck, shoulder or knuckles
1 tsp salt
black pepper — freshly ground
2 onions — chopped
250 ml white wine — or juice of 1 lemon
1 lemon — zest and juice
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
8 garlic cloves — whole
1 cinnamon stick
1 blade mace
2 bay leaves
10 peppercorns
2 cup beef stock
2 cup butternut — peeled and cut into large chunks
2 carrots — peeled, cut into thick slices
2 parsnips — peeled, cut into chunks
2 beetroot — roasted, peeled, and cut into quarters
2 tbsp fresh mint — chopped
4 tbsp fresh parsley — chopped
200 g feta cheese — chopped

For the pastry

10 phyllo pastry sheets
4 tbsp butter — mleted
2 tbsp flaked almonds
2 tbsp pomegranate arils

For the sauce

3 lemons
2 garlic cloves — finely chopped
5 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
black pepper — freshly ground
1 tbsp fresh oregano — finely chopped


Prepare the lamb filling

Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan. Trim and cut the neck into 5 cm pieces. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook in batches, for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the onion and cook until transparent.

Return the lamb to the saucepan and pour the wineand lemon juice slowly over it. Add the lemon zest, Worcestershire sauce, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf and peppercorns. Add the stock and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid, reduce the heat to low and cook for 1 ½ hours until the lamb is tender.

Add the butternut,carrots, parsnips, and roasted beetroot. Increase the heat to medium and cook for 20-30 minutes until butternut is almost tender and the sauce has reduced. Discard the cinnamon stick and bay leaves and remove the bones from the meat if desired. Add the mint and parsley and mix gently.

When slightly cooler add the chopped feta. Leave the meat filling to cool whilst preparing the filo pastry.

Preheat the oven to 200°C.Open the filo pastry and brush one sheet at a time with butter, scrunch up and place on top of the pie. Continue with the remaining sheets until the casserole dish is covered. Drizzle with the remaining butter over the top and scatter with almonds.  Bake for 25 minutes or until pastry is crisp and golden.  Scatter with pomegranate seeds just before serving. Serve with a roasted lemon sauce.

Prepare the sauce

Preheat the oven to 220°C. Place the oven rack in the middle of the oven.

Halve the lemons and remove the pips. Place the lemons cut side up in a small baking dish. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add the garlic and drizzle with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Roast until the lemons are soft and lightly browned, about 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. When the lemons are cool enough to handle, squeeze the juice into the baking dish.

Pour the contents of the baking dish into a blender. Add the remaining olive oil.  Blend until all the ingredients are completely pureed and the sauce has a thickened consistency. Season to taste. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serve lamb pie accompanied by a rice salad and a baby marrow, cucumber and herb salad.


Article written by: Food24
Photo credit: Food24


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