Posted by: Joan Spiller | May 10, 2011

Mince pie – Recipe


I often say that if I wasn’t a vegetarian, I’d probably live on “junky” meat such as mince pies, sausage rolls – processed products. Which is odd, cos I love freshly made good quality food as a rule. However the smell of pies, meat patties, sausages on the BBQ – mmm, they actually do make my mouth water.

One of the best and easy meals in winter time is a steaming hot pie .. served with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, shredded steamed cabbage .. and lashings of tomato sauce..

Here’s how to make enough mince to feed a family of 4:

600g beef mince – get the best you can afford, it helps!
500g pork mince – again best quality you can afford

1.5t salt
1.5t pepper

2 onions – finely diced

3T tomato paste
1/3c tomato sauce – Watties is all good
1T worcestor sauce
1/3c red wine

Oil for frying – I use rice bran

Put both the pork and beef mince into a large bowl – add the salt and pepper then get in there and mix it all together. Use your hands, it’s hideous but the best way to do this job.

In a large pan, lightly fry the onions. Add the mince and crank up the heat..  browning the mince so it’s cooked through.

Lastly, add the sauces, wine and paste, turning the heat onto max. power. Stir constantly, as this mixture reduces down to a thick sauce. It’ll look a bit runny and scary to start with – don’t panic! Once it’s thickened, turn the heat down and simmer for a few minutes – your “filling” is now ready.

This could be eaten as is, with veges on the side. Or allowed to cool before being piled into a pastry lined tin and baked in a hot (210 deg) oven ’til the pastry is golden brown.

Or line the bottom of a pan with the pastry, add some par-cooked carrots and peas to the mince, top the lot with creamy mashed potatoes – bake in a hot oven – et voila, instant dinner + veg!

I am a big fan of pastry sheets, ready bought from the supermarket. Sure, nothing beats home made pastry but really, who has the time every time, to do this?
Simply thaw a few sheets of flaky puff pastry, grease a pie dish – line with the pastry and you’re away!

Enjoy ..

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