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Mini lamb puff pies

By 5th September 2017Cook, Dining
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 400g lamb shoulder chops
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 6 field mushrooms, peeled
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 150 ml milk
  • 250 ml water
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 Tbsp finely grated fresh parmesan + 1 Tbsp to garnish)
  • salt
  • black pepper

Preheat oven to 180*C. Drizzle the mushrooms and cherry tomatoes with olive oil and season. Roast in the hot oven for about 20 minutes, or until the tomatoes are starting to burst. Meanwhile, cut out 8 circles in the puff pastry using a cup or pastry cutter (about 8-10cm diameter). Now using the bottom of a smaller cup or similar, press the inside of the circles down so each one has a deeper center and raised rim. Prick the middle of the circles with a fork.
Season the lamb chops with salt and pepper and saute in a hot frying pan until tender (about 10 minutes). Pull the meat off the bone and roughly chop. In a large bowl, mix the lamb with the Dijon mustard.
Place the parsnip, milk, and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Cook until the parsnip is tender, then drain, season and mash until smooth.
Chop the roasted mushrooms and mix with the lamb and tomatoes. Fill the pastry cases with the lamb mix, then spoon some of the parsnip puree on top of each. Brush the outside rim of the cases and the top of the parsnip with egg wash and sprinkle a little parmesan over each pie.
Cook for 12 minutes, remove from oven and grate a little extra parmesan over each pie to serve.