Personally, I find the combination of flaky pastry pies filled with slow-cooked lamb shanks and the aroma of exotic spices in the mango chutney, simply irresistible. The recipe is fantastic for using up any type of leftover slow-cooked or pulled meat and the pies freeze well, so not much can go to waste.
Unless you come from an Australian background or British or Irish heritage, the concept of a meat pie may be a little foreign to you. In fact, my Mum would often giggle when being told someone was having a “meat cake” – a translation she came up with to justify the giggle-worthiness of the now Aussie classic.
For me, it’s a pie as good as any. And this one is no exception.
The appeal of its classic, light and flaky puff pastry “lid” goes beyond just the “lid”. Because if you want out-of-this-world pies, use puff pastry for both the case and the lid. Have you ever tried it? You so should next time… There’s a pie shop in the city that sells all-round puff pastry pies and they are amazing. The pastry crisps up while remaining inherently light, unlike those stodgy, rubbery and floury shortcrust pie “bowls” used in so many pies.
Prompted by the cooling weather and the last of the season’s mangoes I whipped up the Mango Chutney adapting from this recipe a couple of weeks back. With the weather turning colder and rainy later that week, these Lamb Shank and Mango Chutney Pies with a warm hint of curry, were a welcoming comfort. Perfect for anyone who is not a big fan of meat off the bone. The last two are tucked away in the freezer, waiting to be devoured one day soon when the weather turns for the worse and we’ll be in need of a quick, but nourishing meal.
Here are 10 Other Savoury Pie Filling Ideas:
- Pork Rib Pies
- Vegan Shephard’s Pie
- Beef Spinach and Cheese Pie
- Beef Pie with Mushy Peas and Gravy
- Chicken Butternut Squash Hazelnut Mash Pies
- Beef Stout and Oyster Pie
- Beef and Guinness Pies
- Rigatoni Pasta Pie
- Fish Pie
- Single-serve Beef Wellington Pies
Lamb Shank and Mango Chutney Pies PLUS 10 Other Savoury Pie Filling Ideas
For the Lamb Shanks:
- 2 lamb shanks trimmed
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tbsp oil
- 4 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp cloves
- 2 cups red wine
For the Curried Mango Chutney:
- 2 firm mangoes flesh only, chopped roughly
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 2 red onions chopped finely
- 2 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp cloves ground
- 1/2 tsp salt
For the pies:
- 3 cups slow-cooked lamb shank meat
- 1 cup mango chutney
- 1 tsp cooking oil I used peanut oil
- 3 sheets rolled puff pastry cut into 4 even squares each, 26cm / 10in
To prepare the Lamb Shanks:
- Wash lamb shanks under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Mix together the spices: paprika, cumin, pepper, salt, onion powder and garlic powder. Rub spice mix into the shanks.
- Heat oil in a heavy-based casserole or a stock pot large enough to hold the shanks lying flat. Add enough cold water to cover the shanks. Add bay leaves, cloves and 2 cups red wine. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer and cook covered for 3 hours, or until the shanks are tender and the meat is falling off the bone. (In the meantime, prepare the chutney).
- When the meat is ready, turn off the heat and allow the meat and brine to cool for a few hours, or overnight.before picking the meat off. Discard the bones, gristle and stock.
To prepare the Mango Chutney:
- Place all ingredients in a medium-sized pan over medium heat. Bring to a boil then reduce to a slow simmer and cook, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir often and add a little water if the chutney becomes too thick, When ready, remove from heat and allow to cool before using.
To prepare the Lamb Shank and Mango Chutney Pies:
- Preheat oven to 220C (200C fan-forced, 425F, gas mark 7).
- In a large bowl, mix together the lamb shank meat and mango chutney.
- Grease your pie tins inside and around the rim with oil.
- Place 3 pastry squares into the pie tin holes and press gently into the cavity. Spoon enough lamb shank mixture into the pastry to come up to the edge of the tin. Cover with another pastry square and press firmly around the edges to seal. Trim pastry edges with a sharp knife. Repeat the process with the remaining pies.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the pies have turned golden brown and crisp. The lids may come loose during baking, but don't worry, they will add to the pies' rustic charm.