Lamb, Kumara, Leek and Bean Pie


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A World in My Kitchen

A World in My Kitchen

By Peter Gordon

Published 2003

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Lamb neck is a much over-looked cut of meat. The following pie is made by first making a stew, which is great eaten as it is with some plain cous cous or roast sweet potatoes, but here I have then taken it a step further, baking it in a pastry case.


  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 leek, sliced and washed well to remove grit
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 300 g (10 ½ oz) kumara or regular potato, peeled and cut into 1 cm (½ in) cubes
  • 1 kg (2 lb) lamb neck fillet, trimmed of excess sinew, cut into 3 cm (1 ¼ in) chunks
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 teaspoon each fresh thyme and rosemary leaves
  • 400 g (14 oz) can cooked beans (flageolet, butter beans, or chickpeas)
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) meat stock
  • salt and ground black pepper
  • 400 g (14 oz) puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten


    Heat oil in a deep saucepan and the fry onion, leek and garlic until they begin to caramelise, stirring occasionally. Add kumara and cook 1 minute then tip into a bowl.

    Place saucepan back on the heat and add a little more oil. Add lamb and brown on all sides. Sprinkle flour in and mix, then add leek mixture, herbs, beans, meat stock and enough water to cover the meat by 2 cm (¾ in. Bring to the boil, turn to a simmer and cook, covered, for 90 minutes. Remove lid and keep cooking until most of the liquid has evaporated, stirring occasionally. Check seasoning and cool completely, then place in the fridge to go cold.

    Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas Mark 4. Roll pastry into a rectangle about 30 × 40 cm (12 × 16 in) and ½ cm (¼ in) thick. Place on a lightly floured baking tray and brush it all over with beaten egg. Spoon chilled mixture along one half of the pastry, leaving a 3 cm (1 ¼ in) border. Fold pastry over filling and seal the edges by pressing with a floured fork. Brush top with more egg and prick all over with a fork. Bake for 35-40 minutes until dark golden brown.