Welsh Oven Potatoes (with Lamb or Beef)

Vickie Parks


This recipe is a classic Welsh "comfort dish" of roasted meats and vegetables. It's a staple in most homes, with every family having their own special way of preparing this dish, especially in the cooler autumn and winter months. More recently, recipes for this dish often remove the meat and roast just the vegetables to produce a dish called Tatws Popty. But traditionally, the recipe was primarily to roast meat for the family's main meal of the day.


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15 Min
2 Hr


  • 4
    lamb chops (or 4 thick pork chops or 1 beef chuck roast/pot roast)
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp
    cooking oil (to brown the lamb)
  • 2 medium
    carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 medium
    parsnips, cut into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 large
    onion, peeled and sliced into thin rings
  • 12 small
    potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh rosemary or fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups
    lamb stock or beef stock

How to Make Welsh Oven Potatoes (with Lamb or Beef)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Lightly season lamb chops with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the lamb chops and brown on both sides, about 5 minutes total, turning twice.
  3. In a large casserole dish or roasting pan, add the lamb, onions, carrots, and parsnips. Place the potato halves between the meat, so the juices from the meat will soften and flavor the potatoes. Sprinkle the flour and rosemary (or thyme) over the top to help thicken the pan sauce. Add stock, so that it halfway covers the potatoes. (The potatoes will have a crispy top and a moist bottom.) Cover the roasting pan with foil.
  4. Place in preheated oven and roast for two hours, removing the foil for the last 15 minutes of roasting time to allow potato tops to crisp.

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About Welsh Oven Potatoes (with Lamb or Beef)

Course/Dish: Steaks and Chops
Main Ingredient: Lamb
Regional Style: UK/Ireland
Other Tag: Heirloom
Hashtags: #welsh #Wales

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