What to serve with lamb pie?
Our minced lamb pie is a well-balanced meal on its own. It has around 1/4th of the daily recommended dose of calories an adult woman should have, and a 1/5th for men. It's also filled with proteins and fibres.
But if you want to make this dish the cornerstone meal of your day, we will help you choose what to have together with lamb pie.
Some great food to serve this this recipe is:
Please keep reading to learn when it is best to have one or another of these options.
If you followed our recipe step-by-step, you got a pie with a puff pastry crust. In this case, we suggest you don't add nor pour anything over the top, to keep everything crunchy. Instead, we think it's best to serve something next to the pie.
If your goal is to eat more carbs, then consider having mashed potatoes on the side, or roasted sweet potatoes. If you like the creaminess of mashed potatoes but would like to cut on carbs, try mashed cauliflowers instead. What you lose in carbs with cauliflowers, you gain in fibres, vitamin B and antioxidants.
For a lighter option, serve lamb pie with a green salad. If you aren't intolerant to dairy, try out lettuce with crumbled feta cheese and a sprinkle of pumpkin seeds or crushed walnuts.
Now for the second option. You can prepare this minced lamb pie without using puff pastry. We go in greater detail about this alternative in the answer below. What you would do instead, is using mashed potatoes or grilled sliced potatoes as the topping. Keep reading below for more info on how to make lamb pie without puff pastry.
Can I make lamb pie without puff pastry?
You certainly can make lamb pie without puff pastry. Many pie recipes don't use any puff pastry at all and are still fabulous, like shepherd pie, while others only use it as the topping.
Using this extra ingredient for a small mono-portion pie like ours has a significant advantage: It makes it easy to carry and eat on the go, even without a fork. If this is not a major selling point for you, then we will tell you how to prepare this dish without puff pastry.
All the ingredients mentioned in our recipe above stay the same.
When you have to fill the ramekins in step three, do not line them with parchment paper. We used the baking paper to pull out the pie from the pot with ease. Without puff pastry, it's just better to eat the pie straight from the bowl.
We propose two options to use as a topping:
Mashed potatoes. Here we will cook some mashed potatoes and use them to top the ramekins. Season them with oil salt and pepper. Then proceed with baking the lamb pie in the oven as mentioned in our recipe above.
Thin slices of roasted potatoes. This option is a bit fancier and slightly more involved, but it's a guaranteed success. Start by cutting just enough potato slices to cover the ramekins. Keep the slices 2 or 3 millimetres each. You probably won't need more than a small potato for this, but it will depend on how many servings you are making. Then boil the slices for 5 minutes. Continue by topping your minced lamb pies with the sliced potatoes. Finally, cook in the oven at 200°C (390°F) using the grill program for around 10 minutes. If the potato crust is not brown enough by then, cook for another 5 minutes.
Can you freeze lamb pie?
Because our recipe gives you well-defined portions, you can easily make just enough for the day and enjoy the food fresh. But if you are meal-prepping or prefer batch cooking, the good news is that you can indeed freeze lamb pie.
We have a couple of neat tricks for you to make everything go smooth when freezing and unfreezing this tasty dish.
First, we suggest you pull out the pastry from the ramekin before freezing. We used parchment paper inside the ramekins to make this part easy. It is going to be harder to get the pies out of their respective pots once frozen, and you will undoubtedly tear off the paper when pulling.
Second, we invite you not to use the microwave oven to warm up the pastries. We don't like the way microwave makes pre-cooked food soggy. One of the best thing about these puff pastry pies is the crispiness. Instead, let them thaw at room temperature, or in the fridge overnight, and then warm them up in a preheated oven.
How to cook lamb pie?
We make lamb pies in two stages. First, we cook the filling. Then we bake the puff pastry in the oven.
In our recipe above, we have cooked the lamb and veggie filling in a skillet, over medium temperature, until creamy. We have then cooked the pastry in a fan oven at 180°C (356°F).
There are a few alternative methods to cook a lamb pie or any similar type of pie.
For example, you could use an instant pot or slow cooker to prepare the filling. The important thing here is to make sure that the mix comes out creamy. You don't want it to be dry, nor overly liquid. A dry filling would not give the oomph we want, and a runny one would make our pastry soggy. Therefore, adjust the settings and time of your cookers accordingly.
For the filling, you could use an air-fryer instead of the oven. Air-fryers excel at making food virtually as crispy as classic frying methods, without all the fatty oil.
One last thing. If you are topping this pie with mashed potatoes instead of puff pastry, then using an oven is the best way to go. Any method that requires flipping or scooping the pie out of the appliance will ruin the looks of this recipe.