Sunday, 30 March 2008

Traditional Scottish steak pie.

Traditional Scottish steak pie was originally a peasant dish using the cheaper cuts of meat ie shoulder or shin. Shin is a very gristly cut but when pressure cooked for about 40 minutes or so makes a nice filling for a pie. I use aprox 2lb or 1 kilo of shin of beef for this pie.
Start by coating the beef in seasoned flour and fry/seal in a small amount of corn oil a hot non stick frying pan, a handfull at a time till its all done. Transfer to pressure cooker and add 3 chopped onions, 2 large sliced carrots, 3 cloves garlic, 3 beef stock cubes and a pint or so of water or stock. Nothing to stop you changing the basic recipe to suit your own taste/culture.
Pressure cook on blue for 40 minutes, or if you dont have a pressure cooker, a large pan with a tight fitting lid for about 2 hours
. Once the meat is very tender, save the liquid and put the beef in a pie dish.
Top with rolled puff pastry. Using a pastry brush give the top a coat of seasoned egg wash.
Put the pie in a medium hot oven for about 40 minutes or until baked.
Meanwhile add some cornflour to the gravy and season to taste.
Traditionally served with roast potatoes and seasonal veg.
Thanks to Max Campbell for the original recipe.

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