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Hotch Pot Meat

Thom Hackett

Serves:  8

Hotch Pot Meat


This dish takes many hours to prepare but is well worth the effort


1 each beef brisket
2 each onions, quartered
black peppercorns
2 cloves peeled garlic
2 sprigs fresh thyme
1 each orange zest
2 each fresh bay leaves
1 each pork loin, boned
1 each lamb leg
salt and pepper
olive oil
8 each peeled potatoes
8 each peeled carrots

Cooking Method

Place brisket in cold water and soak in refrigerator for 24 hours.  Soaked Brisket

  • Remove from water and discard liquid.





Place a pot of cold water on the stove.

Par Boiled Brisket
  • Place brisket in pot. 

  • Bring liquid to a boil and boil for 2 minutes. 

  • Remove brisket from pot.

  • Rinse under cold water to wash away anything that come from the boil.

Place beef into a pot and just cover it with cold water.Pre Cooked Brisket

  • Heat oven to medium heat (325 F)

  • Add onions, black peppercorns, garlic, thyme, the zest from the orange, and a couple of fresh bay leaves. 

  • Bring to a simmer.

  • Cover pot.

  • Place the covered pot into an oven that is at medium heat.

Season pork and lamb with salt and pepper.  Be generous with the salt.  Salt and Pepper Pork

  • Using a frying pan over medium heat; add a little touch of olive oil.

  • Add the lamb and the pork. 

  • Brown on all sides.

  • Set the shank upright in the frying pan to shear that part.

After about 30 minutes remove the brisket from the oven.  Place Pork Beef Lamb in Pot

  • Take the lamb and set it upright (standing) in the pot with the brisket.

  • Then add the pork  to the pot. 

  • Put the uncovered pot back into the oven for a minimum of 2 hours


After 2 hours; remove pot from oven. Pot of Hotch Pot

  • Add the potatoes and carrots to the pot.

  • Return to the oven for 1 hours.




After the 1 hours; remove the pot from the oven.

  • Leave meat in pot to rest.  Potatoes in Pan

Take the potatoes and put on a roasting pan. 

  • Baste the potatoes with melted butter.

  • Then sprinkle each with salt. 

  • Place them into a medium oven (325 F) until they brown on top.

Taste the liqueur from the cooking pot.Liqueur of Hotch Pot

  • Then ladle some off into a pot and reduce to half. 

  • Add 3 tablespoons of butter, some parsley, and a drop or two of wine. 

  • Not too much wine. 

  • Stir it up and give it a taste for seasonings.

Remove the pork from the pot.Hotch Pot Platter

  • Cut away the string then place on serving dish.

  • Remove the beef and place on the serving dish.

  • Remove the lamb and place on the serving dish.

  • Spoon the cooking liqueur over the beef.

  • Place the vegetables around the serving dish or prepare a separate dish for the vegetables. 


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