Shredding braised lamb shank creates a tender filling. Celery root replaces the usual peas, adding an earthier component to the otherwise traditional mashed-potato-toppeddish.



For the Filling
For the Topping


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Make the filling: Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Season lamb shanks generously with salt and pepper. Working in batches, brown lamb shanks on all sides, about 8 minutes. Transfer lamb to a large plate using kitchen tongs. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion and garlic to Dutch oven, and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Add tomato paste, and cook for 2 minutes. Add wine, and bring to a boil. Cook for 1 minute.

  • Return lamb to Dutch oven. Add stock, thyme, and bay leaf. Bring to a simmer. Braise,covered, for 2 1/2 hours.

  • Remove Dutch oven from oven, and add celery root and carrots. Braise until meat is falling off the bone and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  • Meanwhile, make the topping: Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch cubes. Transfer to a medium pot, and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain, and pass potatoes through a ricer. Return potatoes to pot, and add cream, butter, and 2 teaspoons salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring until combined and warmed through. (If not assembling potpies immediately, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of potatoes to prevent a skin from forming.)

  • Transfer lamb to a plate using a slotted spoon, and remove meat from bones. Break into smaller pieces using a fork. Skim fat from remaining cooking liquid. Return lamb to Dutch oven, and stir.

  • Heat broiler. Transfer filling to a 12-inch (8-cup) gratin dish using a slotted spoon. Add 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Spread mashed potatoes over top, covering the entire surface. Broil 5 inches from heat source until potatoes are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Serve remaining cooking liquid on the side.

Cook's Notes

Mashed potatoes can be refrigerated for up to 3 days; reheat before using.

Reviews (2)

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I made this last year for my husband's birthday. He immediately decided it needed to be part of our annual celebration. It is perfect for any fall meal.
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Perfect for an autumn dinner party. Total do ahead. I browned the shanks in a large skillet instead because I increased the size of the recipe. I mixed the braising liquid the skillet, then braised in a large roasting pan covered tightly with foil. I then pulled away the meat, chilled it, and removed fat. I had made the potatoes ahead and assembled the pie in the gratin dish the afternoon of the party. I warmed the dish, and then added Parmesan cheese and ran it under the broiler. Yum!