1kg lamb scrag
210g chilled butter
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 tbsp cornflour
350ml white wine
200ml vegetable stock
1 head of broccoli, chopped
½ celeriac, cubed
1 tbsp capers
Sprig of mint and thyme, plus extra to garnish
20g fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 Jerusalem artichoke, grated
350g self-raising flour, plus extra to dust
zest of 1 lemon
sea salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 4. Place 10g of the butter and the oil in a large heat- and ovenproof casserole dish and heat until sizzling. Add the lamb scrag, browning on each side for 5 mins, then transfer to a plate. This may have to be done in batches, depending on the size of the dish.
Sauté the onion and garlic in the dish for 10 mins, stirring until soft and translucent. Mix in the cornflour and stir in the wine gradually, followed by the stock. Add the lamb scrag and bring to the boil.
Add the pieces of broccoli and celeriac cubes to the dish with the capers and 1 sprig of the thyme. Season with pepper, and cover with a lid. Cook in the oven for 3 hrs.
Place the remaining herbs and grated artichoke in a mixing bowl with the flour. Add the lemon zest and grate in the remaining butter. Season with salt and pepper, then beat 1 egg in a small bowl. Stir the egg and 2 tbsp cold water gradually into the flour mixture until it forms a thick dough. On a surface dusted with flour, roll out the dough to approximately A4 size, then cut out rounds with a 30mm pastry cutter. Place on a cling-filmed plate and cover with more cling film. Chill until needed.
Remove the casserole, and turn the oven up to 190°C/gas mark 5. Push the scrag ends to the middle of the dish, removing any bones if the meat has fallen off. Place the cobbler rounds in the pot, around the sides.
Beat the remaining egg in a small bowl and brush the cobblers with it. Return the dish to the oven, uncovered, and cook for a further 20-25 mins. Serve garnished with herbs.
Other slow cooked meat recipes in our Nov/Dec 2016 issue:
- Braised lamb shanks
- Slow-cooked barbecued pork ribs
- Pig cheek stew
- Slow-cooked ham hock
- Pot roast beef brisket with beetroot, swede and whisky