October, we are told, is all about pies at Shibden Mill Inn.
And head chef Darren Parkinson has been kind enough to give us the inside track on one of his restaurant favourites - Salt Beef Pie.
The trick seems to be salting the diced brisket overnight with rock salt or for 24 hours (don’t forget to wash it off before cooking).
Another interesting addition is pickled thyme to the suet pastry.
Those who have tried the meal say it is delicious so get cooking and bon appetit.
1kg of diced brisket, salted for 24 hours &
washed off in cold water
1 large onion
3 large carrots
2 sticks of celery
Rapeseed oil & 50g butter
500ml red wine
250ml beef stock
250ml chicken stock
Thyme & rosemary
5 bay leaves
50g plain flour
500g plain flour
30g salted butter
Salt & white pepper
20/30ml warm water
How to make
lFirst, make the pastry by rubbing the suet, butter, thyme & flour together in a large bowl and slowly add the water till it comes together in a dough. Lightly flour a surface and knead the pasty for 1/2 minutes till all incorporated.
lCover and place in the fridge for a couple of hours.lFor the best result salt the brisket with rock salt overnight.
lThe following morning, in a large thick based pan, slowly cook off the onion, celery and carrot (which have been diced to about a 10mm dice) in the butter and rapeseed oil on a low heat - should take around 5 minutes.
lAfter 5 minutes mix in the flour and cook out for another 5 minutes, finally adding the salted meat, wine, stock and herbs and cooking for 1 hour on a medium heat, making sure to stir every 15 minutes so all the flour is incorporated in and the sauce begins to thicken.
lAfter the pie mix is cooked and cooled at room temperature, transfer to a large pie dish or roasting tray and cover with the rolled-out suet pastry and cook for 45
minutes until the crust is golden brown.
lServe with roast potatoes &
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