Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Bettys Hotpot from Coronation Street

I was asked to make Bettys Hotpot for the Coronation St 5oth anniversary for Radio Cumbria. Here is a link to the website and the recording. For the folks outside the UK Coronation St is a famous TV soap set in Lancashire and the folks visiting the Rovers Return pub always had this hot pot.

The receipe came from

1lb of lamb- I used shoulder cubed
1 onion sliced
1 tablespoon flour
1lb potatoes sliced in rounds thinly
3/4 pint stock and 2 lamb stock cubes
dripping to fry the meat about 1oz
1 tablsp Worcester sauce
1 bay leaf.
Fry the sliced onions in the dripping Move to the hot pot dish for the oven. Fry the sliced onions
until soft but not brown then add the flour. Stir well to blend in the flour. Add the stock and stir to make sure there are no lumps. Add the worcester souce and stock cubes.Put this on top of the meat with the bay leaf. Wash the sliced potato's and pat them dry. Layer them on top of the meat with salt and pepper in between the layers. Bake about gas 3/4 or 150c for about 2 hours.
I put a little water in the potato layers to make sure they did not dry out too much. It needs a bit more liquid in the pot to start off as it will boil down in the oven. I turned up the oven high for another 30mins to make sure the meat was really soft and the potato's really crunchy on top and not too liquid on the plate.
The recipe says serve with chips - I wouldn't. Pickled Red cabbage or beetroot.
The folks at Radio Cumbria said the recipe did not need any adjustments and it tasted very good. The lunchtime sandwiches took a back seat.