Winter Warmers – Lobby

A staffordshire dish

Lobby- A Staffordshire dish

When I first came to Stoke , a lot of my mates would talk about “Lobby” , in my Derbyshire ignorance I assumed they were talking about about a waiting area in a public building.  Later I learned it was a delicious stew, that was a traditional meal of the Potteries. Â  My mate showed me how to make it and it’s been a favourite of mine ever since.  I’ll share it with you now.

Tideswellmans Lobby

You will need

1 Large saucepan
1 frying pan
A sharp knife
2 chopping boards, 1 for meat one for veg
a hearty appetite

Serves 4-6

Stewing Steak half a pound
2 Parsnips
2 Carots
6 Taters
2 cubes vegetable stock
1 onion
1 Swede
1 Leek
worcestershire sauce

salt and Pepper

First off, get a frying pan and brown off your meat. Â  Some people dont bother  with this part, I  do. Â  I also like to add a bit of black pepper to the pan to seal in the flavour. (My mate likes to add brown sauce and Worcestershire sauce at this point)  You choose.

Once the meat is brown , add it to a big saucepan, then fry up your onions, then add to the meat.  Add 2 inches of water. Â  Bring to the boil then simmer until you can see the meat chunks peeking out of a meaty gravy should take about 1 hr 30 minutes.

Next add your chopped vegetables.  This will fill the pan up considerably.  Add water until its to the top of the vegetables.  Then put the lid on the pan.

Bring to the boil and simmer checking regularly, once your vegetables have softened, add your veg stock cubes.  Give it the taste test, if a little bland, add salt and pepper and Worcestershire sauce till it tastes just right, simmer 5 more mins and its ready to serve.

Let me know, how you get on with it and tell me your variations on the recipe.

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