A Little About The Recipe: Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie
Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie is another deceptively simple recipe. In fact, the longest time I was stuck at the kitchen counter was when I was cutting up the slow-cooked lamb to pop it into the pie.
My Happy Little Keto Pie Taster
A few weeks ago, I posted a Paleo Beef and Onion Crusty Pie recipe. This recipe also happened to be keto-friendly as well. When I first made said pie, it turned out so well we’ve made it several times since. But, I didn’t stop there and experimented with getting the carbs even lower! My hubby, Carl, is a pie lover. Well, he’s a Leeds man. Leeds men just love their pies – and their super-hot curries. But, back to pies. He has been my pie tester. I think he has been in heaven every dinner time. Pies that help him lose weight! Yeah!
Lamb Just Tastes Good
This pie is lamb this time because lamb just tastes good, and not every pie should be beef. (I actually tried to think of a really good keto reason to use lamb right then and came up empty.) Not that lamb isn’t an excellent keto meat, it is, but I used it because it tastes great. There is no wonderous higher reason behind it.
This recipe just turned out straight-up delicious. Well, it had lamb, and it’s a pie. It’s hard to go wrong with such a tasty combo. But, even so, it is super delicious. So, here you are. If you, like Carl, are lamenting your loss of tasty pie for dinner while dieting, then lament no more. Here comes another pie in the low carb pie range to warm your tastebuds. So, you can get set to experience those incredible comfort foods once again.
Boneless Lamb Shoulder
I used a boneless lamb shoulder. It’s in the midrange expense-wise, and it works great for slow cooking. You get the amount of meat you want with minimal hassle trying to cut around the bone afterwards.
Get Going In The Morning
Brown the meat on your highest hob heat in the morning and pop it into the slow cooker. Lamb in the slow cooker always turns out great; it’s soft and juicy. It just never goes wrong – ever! So, when dinner starts approaching, the lamb will be sat there all tender and juicy, just waiting to go in a crusty pie.
Keto Diet Friendly Almond Flour Pastry
If you have never used almond flour as pastry before, then let me put all your fears to rest. It will taste like pastry, not almonds. Neither my husband nor I are fans of anything almond tasting, yet we like items made with almond flour. It’s not exactly the same, but it’s not that far different either.
The biggest problem with it is more technical than taste. It doesn’t hold together as well as the gut-rotting wheat flour. So be prepared to sacrifice artistry for health and deliciousness – it’s totally worth it!
Personally, I roll it out between two pieces of clingfilm (that’s plastic wrap and saran wrap for all Americans). First, cut two small squares of clingfilm. Lay one square down on a flat surface. Roll one portion of the pastry between your hands into an oblong shape. Place it onto the clingfilm. Place the other piece of clingfilm on top and roll. Then, I measure it up. This, I do by the elaborate means of placing my dish over the pastry and making sure the pastry is bigger. Then I transfer it where I need it in pieces. Lastly, I cut the unnecessary bits off the outside and use those to plug in the missing bits – tadaa! A crusty pie made with almond flour!
How to Roll The Pastry Step by Step in Pictures
Since the pie’s going to be chopped up anyway. Who cares if your pastry has a little character?
I Recommend this For: Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie
I’ll start with a keto day since this is, first and foremost, a keto recipe. What else can you put with a crusty pie but good old mash? Healthy mash, of course, which means Mashed Cauliflower.
Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie and Mashed Cauliflower for dinner will provide:
- 10.7g net carbs
- 49g protein
- 75g fat
- 921 kcal
If all you want is a recommendation for dinner and prefer to do things your own way, then halt right here.
Read on only if you are interested in my recommendations for the rest of the day.
The varied and tasty entire keto day totals are:
|For Women||For Men|
|16.4g net carbs||23.4g net carbs|
|95g protein||122g protein|
|116g fat||158g fat|
|1393 kcal||1920 kcal|
So, let me get started. Breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner are for both genders, while the final suggestion is for men only. Suggestions are made based on the nutritional values of net carbs, protein, fat and calories for those wanting to lose a continuous, small and controlled amount of weight.
- scrambled eggs made with 2 medium eggs and 1 tsp butter
- 1 medium tomato – sliced
- 2 x Paleo Cloud Bread
- 2 x rashers of bacon
For a snack:
- 1 x chicken drumstick from Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks
- Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie
- Mashed Cauliflower
Extras for the men:
- 1 x chicken drumstick from Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks
- 2 x medium tomatoes – sliced
- 1 slice of cheddar cheese (28g or 1oz)
- 2 tbsps Easy Homemade Mayonnaise
I am sure you fellas can be inventive on how to put everything together!
I cannot make a better recommendation for paleo than I did with keto: this pie combined with Mashed Cauliflower. However, with the flexibility paleo allows, I would also make a side salad to go with it to increase the vitamin range – something with a dark green veggie. Paleo Apricot, Broccoli and Walnut Salad, Orange, Spinach and Cauliflower Quinoa Salad would work great here. They are both easy to make while the pie is baking in the oven.
The total carbs for this pie stand at 10.7g per portion. Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie will be good for most Atkins’ dieters just a few weeks out of the induction phase if you increment your total carbs by the recommended 5g per week. Then, pair it up with your cup of salad greens or, if you are a bit further along, add in the Mashed Cauliflower as well. Just be aware that the fat content is higher than the protein because you will need to rebalance it through other foods throughout the rest of the day. The simplest way to do this is to have a bacon and eggs breakfast or Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks for lunch.
And Here It Is: Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie
Keto Slow Cooked Lamb Crusty Pie
- 600 g boneless lamb shoulder (1.3 lb)
- 1 tbsp ghee (or butter)
- 1 tsp salt
- 450 ml lamb stock (2 cups)
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp dried mint
- 165 g almond flour (1½ cups)
- 1 medium egg
- 1½ tbsp ghee (or butter)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- ½ tsp melted ghee (or butter)
Slow Cooking the Lamb
- Turn the slow cooker setting to low.
- Melt the ghee in a medium frying pan on the hob over the highest heat. (I use number 9.)
- Remove the netting from the lamb shoulder and roll it out.
- Rub the salt all over the lamb.
- When the ghee is hot, sear all sides of the lamb shoulder.
- Place the lamb into the slow cooker.
- Remove the pan from the heat and wait 5 minutes until it cools a little.
- Add the lamb stock to the pan and use the liquid to scrape bits from the pan.
- Add the onion powder, garlic powder and dried mint to the stock and mix.
- Pour the stock into the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for 6 hours.
To Make the Pie
- Pre-heat a fan-assisted oven to 180° C (or 350°F).
- Mix the almond flour, egg, salt and the 1½ tbsp of ghee to make a pastry.
- Roll out the pastry to the approximate size of a 22cm X 22cm (9x9inch) dish.
- Remove the lamb from the slow cooker and cut the meat into small pieces.
- Add the lamb pieces to the pie dish and add 240ml (1 cup) of the lamb juice from the slow cooker. Leave the rest of the lamb juice in the slow cooker on warm, you will need it once the pie cooks.
- Cut the pastry into 2 or 4 pieces. Transfer the pieces across to cover the lamb until all the pastry is used and the pie is completely covered.
- Brush over the top of the pastry with the ½tsp of ghee, using a pastry brush.
- Bake at 180°C (or 350°F) for 30 mins.
- Serve with the remaining juices from the slow cooker as a gravy.
A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla, Taran
After Isla’s 6th birthday last week, the pool we got as ‘the replacement of the replacement’ birthday party event is still going strong. Every time I collect Isla and Taran from school, the first thing I am asked is, “Can we go in the pool?”. They then spend the next hour or two jumping in and out till the sun passes the backyard, and Taran, always the first to start shivering, looks too cold to continue.
A Trip to Playmobil Funpark
At the weekend, we took the kids to the Playmobil Funpark. Although both kids have been before as part of a nursery field trip, we’ve never been as a family. It cost 16 euro for us all to enter, which included access to lots of Playmobil toys as well as the pirate adventure playground outside. They got free toys to take away as well.
I thought the 16 euros was a reasonable price for the day, plus they both for free toys to take away as well. My husband thought the BOV adventure park at Ta’Qali was better, but I thought the Playmobil park had a lot more ‘daring’ about it for slightly older kids. The only negative we both thought was that a couple of the playground features required repair. With minimal effort, the faults could have been repaired within a couple of hours. But, instead, someone had wrapped a rather inadequate warning tape around and left it be.
The kids, however, only noticed all the toys and the playground. Both had a great time, Isla outside and Taran inside and then they both got toys to take away!