Winter Warmer Lamb Hotpot

Here is Companion Dave's easy, yet delicious Lamb Hotpot recipe. It is a favourite with Companions, so it will definitely go down well with your family. Serve with mashed potatoes and seasonal veg for a perfect hearty meal.

Recipe makes 4 portions

Preparation time – 30 minutes

Total cooking time – 2 hours & 10 minutes



  • Boneless Leg of Lamb joint approx. weight 800g-1kg
  • 2 Red Onions
  • 5 Large Carrots
  • 6 Large White Potatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon of Rosemary (dried or fresh)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Thyme (dried or fresh)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Plain Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon of Worcester Sauce
  • 600ml of preferred stock (meat or vegetable)
  • Gravy granules (flavour of choice, thicken to preference)
  • Sea Salt & Ground Black Pepper to taste

Companion Dave preparing veg 

Step 1 – Prepare Vegetables

Start by peeling the carrots and removing the top and bottom part of the carrot. Cut in to chunky rounds and set aside. 

Next, take your onions and cut the top and bottom parts off, and remove the outside layers. Then, cut in half and place on the flat side and cut into slices. 

Lastly, take your white potatoes and take time to slice them thinly in to 5mm slices. There’s no need to peel them, unless you fancy some extra peeling! Then place in a bowl of water to avoid discolouration and set aside for the hotpot topping.

5mm sliced potatoes

Step 2 – Prepare lamb meat

Take your boneless leg of lamb meat and cut into two manageable pieces. Then, slice the meat into steak-like portions, around 2cm thick. Then proceed on to dice the steaks into 3cm chunks. Keep the fat on as this will render down and make the dish extra tasty!

Companion Dave cutting the lamb meat

Step 3 – Season the meat

Pour the olive oil in to a large pan or cooking pot and add the lamb chunks. Proceed by seasoning the meat with the rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper.

Lamb in a pot reading for seasoning

Step 4 – Brown the meat

Place your pot or pan of seasoned meat on to a medium-high heat and cook for around 15 minutes or until the meat is browned on the outside. Stir every few minutes to ensure the meat is cooked evenly.

Lamb browning in the pan

Step 5 – Add vegetables to the meat

Once the meat is browned on the outside (not cooked all the way through) add the chopped carrot and onions and simmer for around 15 minutes, stirring regularly.

Onions and carrots added to the meat

Step 6 – Add the stock and thicken

Turn the heat down and sprinkle the flour on to the meat and veg and stir until dissolved. Then pour in your stock liquid and Worcester Sauce and sir. Turn the heat back up and bring the contents to simmer. Simmer for around 10 minutes then add gravy granules to thicken to your personal preference.

Stock being added to the lamb and vegetables

Step 7 – Assemble

Turn off the heat and set the pan or pot aside. Decant the meat contents into a casserole dish or oven proof pot ensuring there is enough room to add the potato topping. Drain the potatoes and place the slices of potato on top of the meat, starting from the outside and working your way into the middle of the dish. Overlap the potatoes to ensure they don’t sink, then season with salt and pepper if desired.

Assembled Lamb Hotpot ready for the oven

Step 8 – Final cooking

Place the assembled dish into the centre of a preheated oven at (190°c /170°c fan assisted) with a lid on or tin foil to cover. Cook for approx. 1 hour.

After 1 hour, remove the lid or tin foil covering and place back in the oven for another 30 minutes or until the lamb is tender and the potatoes are golden brown.

Step 9 – Serve

Once the lamb is tender and the potatoes are soft and of a golden brown colouring, remove from the oven and serve with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Emmaus Companions helping themselves to Daves Hotpot

Thank you for using Companion Dave's recipe, we hope you enjoy your Lamb Hotpot! Send us a picture of your Hotpot and we'll feature it on our Social Media!

We will be posting a new recipe that has been created by an Emmaus South Wales Companion every month. We want to share and celebrate our Companion's skills and help you make delicious meals. The next recipe will be posted in December, so keep an eye out!

* Images taken for this recipe were taken whilst Companion Dave was cooking a Lamb Hotpot for 20+ Companions. Images do not represent quantities that should be expected when cooking this recipe.