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BRITAIN'S FAMOUS PUB MEAT & POTATO PIE

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    Posted: 02 May 2018 at 11:13
Just leafing through my dog-eared recipes,One especially brought back fond memories of years ago when I lived in London for a dozen years  (where I met my he who must obey) after being posted there during my WRAF years. I distinctly remember the fabulous savoury pies that we group of girls looked forward to in any of the pubs in the West End after a night on the town. My goodness, they were delicious. 

I appreciate that in all countries, you make your own lovely savoury pies, In actual fact, one would expect a pair of horns to stick out and call it a Cow Pie in the US,  but so far I personally have never found a pie to compare with the selection of pub pies that one could get back then and are still as popular as ever today. The one favourite pie we girls often ordered was the famous Lancashire Meat and Potato Pie. They served every other pie  known to man and woman of course, but this particular one seemed to be everyone's favourite and was always the first to be sold out! Nowadays we buy these pies in their thousands from Pie Speciality Shops, Bakeries that specialise in baking pies and it is a must in every Fish and Chip Shop. These pies are usually served with Steak Chips (thickly cut fries), Mushy Peas and / or Pickled Red Cabbage.

Here is the recipe for our fabulous British Pub Meat & Potato Pie, which we are very proud of.
The taste is quite similar to our Cornish Pasty but with chunkier pieces)

The cut of meat normally used to make this delicious pie is normally what we in the UK know as Shin Beef,(Stewing Beef) I believe those in America call it Shank?
It needs long slow cooking, (the longer the better),  Hope you enjoy this if you try it. The recipe is originally from Valerie Carter, a Lancashire Lass, now living in South Africa. I have only made these once as individual pies rather than the large pie which this recipe shows. They came out really good, hence the reason this recipe kept.

  Preheat your oven to 200C / 400F / 180 Fan / Gas 6.

  Serves 4 to 6.

INGREDIENTS
500 grams Shin Beef cut into small cubes
500 grams potatoes, cut into small cubes, parboiled until tender.
Seasoned Flour
Cooking Oil
1 Onion sliced thinly
2 Carrots sliced very thinly (optional)
350ml Beef Stock
Shortcrust Pastry.

METHOD
Dust the meat with the seasoned flour, Put the oil into a frying pan and brown the beef and the onion until lightly browned. Add the carrots (if using) the beef stock and seasoning. Bring to the boil, then turn right down to simmering, Place a lid on top and simmer for a minimum of one hour. (longer if necessary until the meat is tender).

When the meat is done, mix in the drained parboiled cubed potato. Turn out into a large casserole dish or equally into individual pie dishes, Cover with a shortcrust pastry, make 3 slits in the top for the steam to escape, and brush with beaten egg or milk.

Place in oven and cook for 40 minutes or until pastry golden.

Enjoy!



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Another excellent recipe, Rose - thank you for sharing!

Please keep them coming - I am loving every one that you have posted and hope to try most (if not all) of them!
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Another great job!

In case you haven't noticed, Rose, we have an on-going thread dealing with savory pies. I took the liberty of cross-linking it to this one.

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TasunkaWitka, Thanks for your kind comment. 



HF, To be honest, I hadn't.  I will certainly look at that thread. Thank you.
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