Lamb neck and anchovy pies
Lamb neck is full of flavour and makes a rich filling for these mini pies. The key is to make sure you remove all the fat from the sauce and mix the shredded meat with just enough sauce to coat it. We use the classic combination of shortcrust pastry for the cases and puff for the tops.
2 tbsp olive oil
1 kg boneless lamb neck, cut into 8cm pieces
Seasoned plain flour, for dusting
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
12 anchovy fillets
200ml non-alcoholic white wine
200ml chicken stock
1/4 cup (firmly packed) rosemary leaves
375g butter-puff pastry rolled to 3mm thick
1 egg, slightly beaten
Barbecue or tomato sauce, to serve
240g plain flour, sieved
180g cold unsalted butter, coarsely chopped
Heat oil in a large casserole over high heat.
Dust lamb in flour, shake off excess, and fry in batches until browned all over, 3-5 mins.
Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
Add onion and garlic to casserole and fry until golden, 3-5 mins, then stir in anchovies until starting to dissolve, 1 minute.
Add wine, reduce by half, 3-4 mins, then add stock and rosemary.
Reduce heat to low, return lamb to pan, cover and simmer until tender, 2-2½ hours.
Remove lamb with a slotted spoon, set aside and simmer sauce uncovered until reduced by three-quarters, 30-40 mins.
Season to taste and cool.
Cover meat and sauce and refrigerate separately until chilled, 2-3 hours.
Scrape fat from top of sauce, shred lamb and add enough sauce to coat (discard remaining) and refrigerate until required.
For shortcrust pastry, process flour, butter and 1 tsp salt in a food processor until just combined.
Add 80ml iced water a little at a time, pulsing between additions, until a dough forms.
Shape into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour to rest. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 5mm thick, cut out 12 9cm-diameter rounds and use to line a 12-cup, 60ml muffin tray.
Refrigerate for 30 mins to rest.
Cut out 12 7cm-diameter rounds of puff pastry and refrigerate until required.
Divide lamb mixture among pastry cases, brush edges with eggwash and top with puff pastry rounds, pressing edges to seal.
Trim edges, pierce tops and refrigerate for 30 mins to rest.
Preheat oven to 200°C.
Cover pies with baking paper, then an oven tray (so tops don’t puff up too much) and bake until tops start to turn golden, 8-10 mins.
Uncover and bake until golden, 15-20 min).
Serve with your favourite sauce.