Don’t write this blog off the radar just yet! I know, I know… bad blogger but hey give me some slack here! I’m busy working on Rue Apothecary and the blog over there. Plus, this IS suppose to be a personal cookbook and I haven’t been inventing much lately. Except for this week. I’ve had a hankering for a childhood treat of Minced pies but the American jarred version is… well not even close to the real thing. So I dredged up several recipes and settled on one that I really wanted to try. First, I’ve never made minced meat pies by myself. As a child, we made them as a family event every holiday season. Second, I had to change things a bit… as usual. First, there’s no brandy in this mix though adding it is very simple. I didn’t add it because as I was creating this, I found myself at the point of saying “this is perfect as it is” and stopped my experimenting. Here’s what I’ve created:
- Minced beef – 1 ½ lbs (optional, see notes)
- Beef broth – ½ cup
- Apple cider – 1 ½ qt
- Apples – 2 lbs (granny smith)
- Currents – ½ lb
- Brown sugar – 2 cups
- Molasses – 12 ounces
- Allspice – ¼ Tbsp
- Nutmeg – ¼ Tbsp
- Cinnamon – 1 Tbsp
- Cloves – 1 tsp ground
- Cherries – ½ lb dried
- Orange juice concentrate
- Raisins – ½ lb
- Ginger – ½ tsp
- Core, peel and slice apples.
- Mix ingredients together (except meat), in a food processor and chop till minced.
- Pour ingredients into a crock pot and set on high. Cook till slow boil then set on low and cook for three hours or till mixture stiffens.
- Add 1 cup mixture for every pound of meat to a skillet and brown beef.
- Add meat to minced mixture and thoroughly incorporate.
- Add mixture to pie shells or wrap a spoonful in a prepared roll. (See options)
- Cook till crust is golden.
- Cool and serve. Unused portions freeze well.
- Brandy: add 1 cup of brandy to the above recipe when you add the mixture to the crockpot or marinade your meat in it.
- You can cook this quite quickly on the stove top by boiling the mixture till everything is fully cooked, softened and the liquid thickens slightly.
- If you want a thicker sauce, add arrowroot till you achieve the desired consistency.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we have and happy holidays!