Saturday, August 27, 2011

Anna Sultana's Meat Pie, Maltese Style

The English were in Malta from the time of Napoleon to 1964.
That's quite a while.
Too long to go without comfort food.

If you've ever been to England, you know Brits like meat pies.
Well, the cooks in the Maltese restaurants aimed to please their customers.
They got some English cookbooks and learned how to make meat pies.
So did the Maltese mothers.

And who could blame them?

Actually, meat pies are handy for using up bits and pieces.
You'd think meat pies were a Maltese idea.
You know how it is...
Too little to serve as a main course, too much to throw away.
But just the right amount to add to a meat pie.
Waste not, want not.

Oh, 200 grams is almost 1/2 a pound.
Don't worry if you've got more or less.
If you have 300 grams of one and 100 grams of the other, no problem.
I mean, what's a large onion?

Don't have kidneys?
Use more of the other meats.
It's your pie.
Same with the spices.
Maybe someone doesn't like allspice.
Adjust the seasoning.
The customer is always right.

                        Meat Pie

Preheat oven to 400ยบ

Fry in some fat until tender
4 large onions, chopped

Chop and add to the onions
200 g kidneys
200 g beef
200 g pork
100 g bacon
Simmer for 10 minutes.

200 g peas
1 teaspoon allspice 
1/2 teaspoon curry
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Simmer for 10 minutes.

Roll out
400 g puff pastry
Line a pie plate with half.
Place the filling in the pie plate.
Cover with the remaining puff pastry
Prick the top crust.

1 egg yolk with 2 Tablespoons water
Brush the top crust with the egg mixture.
Bake 50 minutes.
Serve hot.

Or cold.
Handy for a picnic.
Carpe summer!

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