This is a Jamie Oliver recipe but we’ve reduced the amount of stock in our adaptation below as we thought the filling was too liquid. Easy and tasty for mid-week. We always have peas with pies.
Classic mince and onion pie – to serve 4
- 3 medium onions
- 2 carrots
- 2 sticks of celery
- 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves picked
- olive oil
- 2 bay leaves
- 500g minced beef
- 1 tsp English mustard
- 1 tsp Marmite
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp flour, plus a bit extra
- 1 beef stock cube
- 1 large egg or some milk
Peel and roughly chop the onions, carrots and celery. Finely chop the rosemary leaves.
Heat a large casserole pan over a high heat. Add a couple of tbsp of olive oil , the vegetables, rosemary and bay leaves. Cook, stirring, for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and have started to colour.
Stir in the minced beef and break up the chunks with a wooden spoon.Add the mustard, Marmite, Worcestershire sauce and 2 tsp of flour.
Dissolve the stock cube in 500ml of boiling water and add to the pan. Bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer with the lid askew for an hour, stirring occasionally.
Fill a large baking dish with the mince filling and allow it to cool. Take the pastry out of the fridge about 10 minutes before you want to use it.
Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4.
Dust the work surface and your rolling pin with some flour, then roll out the pastry to the thickness of a £1 coin and big enough to cover your dish easily. Cover the dish with the pastry and run a knife around the edge of the dish to trim off any excess. Use a fork to crimp the edges and make a hole in the middle with a knife. Brush the top of the pastry with beaten egg or a little bit of milk. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 40 minutes or until the pastry is golden.
Wine Suggestion: an easy red wine, like a Cotes du Rhone or a Shiraz blend from Australia would work well; something juicy and with a moderate body but not too heavy at the same time. Easy drinking to match the easy eating!
(Original recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Penguin, 2008).