Agnello in Crosta {Lamb Wrapped in Pastry Dough}


Are you looking to add a little fancy schmancy to your cooking repertoire? And by fancy schmancy I mean looking like you’ve slaved in the kitchen all afternoon to prepare a gourmet meal ; ) But DIDN’T.. Well I have a dish for you ; ) And it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day…

And what if I told you I made this fancy schmancy dish in ONE pan? That even went from stove top to oven? Would you believe me ; ) You should, because I DID. With a little help from a Man. A ManPan that is ; ) My romantic dinner for two was made in my10″ steamy saute pan.

To help showcase a few Va Va Voom Valentine dining options I’ve teamed up with ManPans and the fabulous Rachael from La Fuji Mama, Josie – Daydreamer Desserts, Liren – Kitchen Confidante, and Maria – Two Peas and Their Pod. Each one of their steamy selections showcases a different ManPan. They showed us their pans and later I want YOU to “SHOW US YOUR PANS” ; ) {do you feel a GIVEAWAY coming on…}

I wanted to show you the versatility of ManPans Pans so I chose a recipe that I could make start to finish in ONE pan {wiping it clean a few times in between ; ) } Hey you know how much I hate doing dishes LOL. Their pans can handle it. They’re heat resistant up to 700 degrees. Now that’s HOT. Even hotter, that sexy little handle won’t get hot while it’s on the stove top. Nope, you’ll never need a tea towel or hot pad while it’s sitting pretty on the stove. Now, when you put it into the oven, that’s another story so keep the towel handy.

It has a creamy dreamy mushroom sauce that sits a top a piece of  luscious lamb that has been sauteed to a buttery herb perfection, wrapped up tight in a pie crust package that bakes up to a flaky golden perfection. *exhaling* It makes a beautiful presentation and the illusion that you’ve slaved away ; ) Perfect for a romantic dinner for two or by adjusting the quantities for a dinner party. Veal would make a fantastic substitution if you can find lamb.

I’ve told you before how much I ADORE my ManPans. I am on a mission to replace all of my pans with ManPans but SOMEONE, some very LUCKY person can WIN and ENTIRE SET of ManPans. All you need to do is “SHOW US YOUR PANS”

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you for your entries. Contest has ended.


We’ve teamed up with ManPans to offer ONE LUCKY winner a SET {that’s right, I said SET} of ManPans. Valued at up to $350.00! Are you smiling? You should be! So are you ready to “SHOW US YOUR PANS” ; )

In my best announcer voice…Here’s what you’re playing for: a CHOICE of the following sets… {yes a choice you don’t get both ; ) }

Here’s the skinny on the sets…

7-piece 10″ Cookware Set Includes: 4 qt Sauce Pan, 10″ Saute Pan, 10″ Fry Pan, 10″ Steamer insert, 2-10″ Glass Lids

Cookware Set Includes: 2 Qt Sauce Pan with Glass Lid, 4 Qt Sauce Pan with Glass Lid, Steamer Insert for 4 Qt Sauce Pan, 10″ Fry Pan, 12″ Saute Pan with Glass Lid

Run, grab your camera {or smart phone for that matter, snap a foto of your craptastic pans {the sadder the better} and get it to us…

Or more formally, to enter…1. Submit your craptastic pans photo to: In the email include your: name, email and website or twitter handle {if applicable.}
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Legal Schmegal: Only ONE entry per person, don’t be greedy ; ) Contest is open to US residents only {terribly sorry international friends but shipping is ‘spensive}. Entries will be accepted from January 31 – February 4th at 12pm EST. Winner will be chosen by ManPans and announced on February 9th.

Baci e’ in Bocca al Lupo!

Disclaimer: ManPans sent me the 10″ saute pan with steamer insert and lid to review. They are also providing the ManPans set of Pans free of charge to one lucky winner. My opinions, as always are my own. Always have been, always will be ; )

Agnello in Crosta {Lamb wrapped in Pastry Dough}


  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter - divided
  • 1 tablesoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion - minced
  • 4 ounces mushrooms - sliced
  • 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
  • flat leaf Italian parsley - roughly chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 lamb chops - bone removed
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust - cut in half
  • 1 egg - beaten with 1 tablespoon water added {for egg wash}


  1. Add 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil to pan. Heat over medium heat. When butter has melted, add onion, and mushrooms. Cook for approximately 5-6 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add cream, and parsley. Stir to combine. Transfer mixture to a small bowl and keep warm.
  2. Wipe pan clean. Add 3 tablespoons butter, rosemary sprigs to pan. Heat over medium heat. Add lamb chops and cook approximately 10-15 minutes depending on the thickness of your lamb. Turning as necessary. When cooked, remove from heat and allow to cool. Wipe pan clean.
  3. Preheat oven to 395 degrees. To assemble: place one lamb chop onto one half of pie crust. Top with a spoonful of mushroom mixture. Fold pie crust over and seal. Cut edges using a pastry wheel. Cut a small slit into top of pastry dough to allow steam to escape. Using a pastry brush, brush on egg wash. Continue with second lamb chop.
  4. Place lamb pastries back into pan, place pan into oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until crust is golden.
  5. Top each piece with remaining mushroom mixture.




  1. 1

    YUM for this recipe! I will leave the pans to someone else to win. While they look great, I just can’t have more pans right now! I have no space. (wah!) 🙂

  2. 2

    Fantastic recipe and gorgeous photos! Love the pans too:)

  3. 3

    I have to agree with you, I’m pretty lazy with the dishwashing myself, so a one pan dish is perfect for me. LOVE the Man Pans, thanks for the chance to review them! And this dish is definitely perfect for Valentine’s Day! You make it look so easy 🙂

  4. 4

    Everywhere I turn I am seeing these gorgeous pans. GREG

  5. 5

    Ciao from Roma Paula!!!!! mamma mia I am in heaven, with mamma taking care of me every day. I just wanted to stop by and say ciao. 🙂

  6. 6

    This just looks HEAVENLY! I love lamb, and love anything in pocket/dumpling/package form!! Can’t wait to try this out. LOVE the pictures!

  7. 7

    I am totally drooling. These look both elegant and absolutely delicious!

  8. 8

    YUM! The mushrooms alone have me drooling. Mmmm….

  9. 9

    These looks wonderful! Beautiful pastry & savor filling & topping!

  10. 10

    Love the recipe Bella, I think I might just have to make it in my 12″ Saute pan. 😉

  11. 11

    Gorgeous pastry. Lamb is a favorite of mine.

  12. 12

    Ciao! I just sent my very sad pan photo. It was about to be sent to a better home.:) Your lamb looks amazing!

  13. 13

    Love the photo! Sounds delicious too! 🙂


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