Hotpot is a traditional English comfort food. There are many regional variations around Britain which can be found in pubs across the UK. Coronation Street fans will know Betty’s Hotpot which now can be found in Tesco. The basic recipe consists of layers of lamb (or beef) and root vegetables (carrot, parsnips, onions, leeks) along with sliced potatoes. Layering continued until the pot was filled, traditionally in a stoneware dish.
Traditional English Hotpot
- 2 1/2 pounds lamb or beef stew trimmed of fat and cut into 1" cubes
- 5 large white potatoes peeled and thinly sliced
- 2 large onions peeled and chopped
- 4 medium carrots peeled and diced
- 2 medium parsnips
- 1 cup beef stock
- 3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp. dried thyme tarragon or your favorite herb you enjoy with beef
- 3 tbsp. Flour
- Pat the beef dry with paper towels. This gives you a nice browning to the meat. Fry in batches at medium heat in a frying pan heated with olive oil.
- Once the meat has browned, remove, then fry the root vegetables approximately 3-5minutes. Sprinkle on the flour and cook a few moreminutes.
- Layer the slow cooker with potato on the bottom, then beef, then vegetables, repeat. Ensure that the top layer is potato and you overlap the potatoes.
- Pour the beef stock over the contents.
- Turn Slow Cooker to heat setting ‘low’ and leave for 8hours.