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Lamb Shank and Mango Chutney Pies PLUS 10 Other Savoury Pie Filling Ideas

The recipe works well with any leftover slow-cooked meat but lamb and the mango chutney adapted from Lorraine's recipe go together especially well. Makes 6 pies. Or about 9 if you don't have a pie tin and you make the pies in a muffin tin - you may need to re-roll the scraps to make the last pie. You will need to adjust the amount of puff pastry sheets. Dairy-free, egg-free, use gluten-free puff pastry for a GF version.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time4 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 6


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.
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