Meat and potato pie
Saturday 18 November 2006
When sifting through entries for my readers' recipe competition, Margaret Rowden from Bath reminded me about a great northern dish: meat and potato pie. Although traditionally made with beef, it could be made with mutton or even game. Try to buy a single cut for braising, as many butchers just sell braising steak, which can be a mixture of cuts that take various cooking times. You'll look forward to coming home to this on a cold winter's night.
2 medium onions, peeled and roughly chopped
2tbsp vegetable oil
600g braising steak, flank, shin or cheek, cut into rough 2cm chunks
A sprig of thyme
2 litres beef stock
600g potatoes, peeled and cut into rough 2cm chunks
1 medium egg, beaten
For the pastry
225g self-raising flour
85g shredded beef suet
60g butter, chilled and coarsely grated
1 medium egg, beaten
Heat the oil in a thick-bottomed frying pan, season and fry the meat on a high heat, stirring occasionally. In another pan gently cook the onions and thyme in a little more oil for 3-4 minutes until soft, then add the meat and stock, season, bring to the boil and simmer with a lid on for 1 1/2 hours. Add the potatoes and cook for a further 15 minutes.
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/gas mark 5. Make the pastry: mix the flour and salt with the suet and grated butter. Mix in about 150ml of water to form a smooth dough and knead for a minute. Roll the pastry on a floured table to about 1cm thick and cut out to about 2cm larger all the way round than the pie dish you are using. Add the meat to the dish or dishes you are using, then brush the edges of the pastry with a little of the beaten egg and lay the pastry on top of your pie, pressing the egg-washed sides against the rim of the dish. Cut a small slit in the top of each pie to allow steam to escape, and brush with beaten egg. Leave to rest in a cool place for 30 minutes.
Cook for 40-50 minutes until golden.
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