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Slow-cooked lamb and pumpkin pies

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Made with tasty pumpkin, this Slow-cooked lamb pie recipe is a great dinner idea. Served with beans and mash, this dish is a classic winner.

  • Serves6
  • Cook time2 hour 55 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes, + cooling time
Slow-cooked lamb and pumpkin pies


  • 4 Coles Australian Lamb Shanks
  • 2 tbs plain flour
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 red onion, thickly sliced
  • 1 small fennel, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 cup (250ml) stout
  • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbs tomato paste
  • 2 tbs chopped rosemary
  • 600g butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, cut into 2cm pieces
  • 3 sheets frozen puff pastry, just thawed
  • 1 Coles Australian Free Range Egg yolk
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp sea salt flakes

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  1. Step 1

    Place the lamb and flour in a large bowl and toss to combine. Season.
  2. Step 2

    Heat the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the lamb and cook, turning, for 5 mins or until lamb is brown all over. Transfer to a heatproof plate.
  3. Step 3

    Add the onion, fennel and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 5 mins or until onion softens. Return the lamb to the pan and pour over the stout. Bring to the boil. Cook for 2 mins or until the stout reduces slightly. Add the stock, diced tomato, tomato paste and rosemary. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, for 2 hours or until the lamb is falling off the bone.
  4. Step 4

    Add the pumpkin to the pan and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 15 mins or until the pumpkin is tender and the sauce thickens slightly.
  5. Step 5

    Transfer the lamb to a heatproof bowl. Set aside to cool slightly. Use 2 forks to coarsely shred the meat. Discard the bones. Return the meat to the pan and stir to combine. Season. Set aside to cool slightly.
  6. Step 6

    Preheat oven to 200°C. Divide the lamb mixture among six 1½-cup (375ml) ovenproof dishes.
  7. Step 7

    Place 1 pastry sheet on a clean work surface. Lightly brush with egg. Top with another pastry sheet. Use a 12cm pastry cutter to cut 4 discs from pastry stack. Cut the remaining pastry sheet in half. Lightly brush 1 pastry half with egg. Top with remaining pastry half and use the pastry cutter to cut 2 discs from pastry stack. Place the pastry discs over the lamb mixture in the dishes. Brush with egg. Sprinkle with fennel seeds and salt.
  8. Step 8

    Bake for 20-25 mins or until the pastry is puffed and golden.