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Hugh's lamb, potatoes and mushrooms
Hugh's lamb, potatoes and mushrooms
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Hugh's lamb, potatoes and mushrooms, taken from his Three Good Things on More4. Hugh's recognised a simple pattern that underpins so many well-loved dishes – that they are little more or less than three good things on a plate and in this series, he pursues that idea, experimenting with different flavours and textures.

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Prep time
  • 15 mins
Cook Time
  • 30 mins
  • 6-8
  • 1 shoulder of lamb, hogget or mutton, on the bone (about 2kg)
  • A little olive oil
  • 1.25kg large white potatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely sliced
  • 2–3 large garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 long stems of rosemary, leaves only, chopped (optional)
  • 300g open cap mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
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Preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7. Put the lamb in a large roasting tin. Trickle with a little olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Roast for 25–30 minutes until golden. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut into slices no thicker than a £1 coin.

Remove the lamb from the roasting tin and set aside on a plate. Turn the oven down to 150C/Gas 2. Splash about half a glass of hot water into the hot roasting tin and use a spatula to loosen any bits stuck to the bottom. Spread a layer of potato slices over the base of the roasting tin, on the meat juices. Don’t bother to make it too neat. Scatter over a little of the onion, garlic and rosemary, if using, then add a layer of mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper. Repeat this process to use up all the ingredients – aim for two or three layers, finishing with potatoes on the top.

Place the lamb on top of the potatoes. Cover with foil, sealing the edges well. Return to the oven and cook undisturbed for 3 hours.

Transfer the lamb to a warm plate to rest. The veg underneath should be completely tender – cooked in the juices and fat from the roasting lamb and transformed to a rich, meaty-flavoured potato and mushroom gratin.

To top it off with a lovely crisp golden crust, preheat the grill to high. Put the tin of veg under the grill for 5–6 minutes until golden brown and crisp on top.

Serve the lamb thickly sliced with the potatoes and some simply steamed greens, such as leeks and kale. Or a sharply dressed leafy salad will go well with, or after, the meat and potatoes.

Swaps: Try a small rolled shoulder of pork, instead of the lamb, and thinly sliced fennel instead of the mushrooms. Rub a few crushed fennel seeds into the pork skin, before the initial hot roasting, if you like.

This recipe is one of hundreds of new recipes which can be found in the book which inspired the series, Hugh's Three Good Things.


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Sounds so delicious. I just wonder if the lamb could also be slowcooked on a very low temperature (such as 95C) for 10 hours??? Would it do harm to the potatoes and mushrooms?

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