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Started by mazylou on Nov 17, 2015 4:38:21 PM
Steak & Kidney PIE

I am making a steak and kidney pie. Tell me, foodie threadsters, your hints and tips.

I'll probably ignore them, but you know, I'll still read them.

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hailesaladdie - 17 Nov 2015 17:09:37 (#1 of 88)

If you're unable to find kidneys, simply make a steak pie and urinate in it.

mazylou - 17 Nov 2015 17:14:18 (#2 of 88)

Thank you for that helpful advice. I have found kidneys.

MaisonLazlique - 17 Nov 2015 17:15:05 (#3 of 88)

Mushrooms, mushrooms (not too many) are good.

mazylou - 17 Nov 2015 17:15:17 (#4 of 88)

I have mushrooms!

MaisonLazlique - 17 Nov 2015 17:15:46 (#5 of 88)

A bit of Worcester sauce.

Sabacious - 17 Nov 2015 17:16:01 (#6 of 88)

Beer.

Macpaddy - 17 Nov 2015 17:16:44 (#7 of 88)

Not beer. Beer in steak but not in steak and kidney.

Pheeep - 17 Nov 2015 17:17:57 (#8 of 88)

Add mustard powder to the seasoning flour.

mazylou - 17 Nov 2015 17:19:51 (#9 of 88)

takes notes

Sabacious - 17 Nov 2015 17:31:28 (#10 of 88)

Most definitely with beer (half stock half beer for the liquid).

browserbutton - 17 Nov 2015 17:37:34 (#11 of 88)

A hybrid steak & kidney/cauliflower cheese pie:

http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/09/53/93/a3/the-weighbridge-inn.jpg

Weighbridge Inn, Minchinhampton, Glos.

Policywatcher - 17 Nov 2015 17:39:20 (#12 of 88)

Make the base with suet pastry and the top with shortcrust or puff

Suet pastry is better for withstanding the liquid content and gives a richer flavour, like steak and kidney pudding, but the shortcrust or puff makes a better top, adds texture, and isn't as heavy.

LemonGrass - 17 Nov 2015 17:41:13 (#13 of 88)

Interesting, browser

Macpaddy - 17 Nov 2015 17:57:24 (#14 of 88)

PW's is a good idea and great for taste as well.

I also like Pheep's idea of adding mustard powder.

Policywatcher - 17 Nov 2015 18:07:57 (#15 of 88)

And of course... (and no, this is not a joke) Cocoa powder works hugely well in gravy/sauces for beef. Just don't overdo it.

Policywatcher - 17 Nov 2015 18:08:49 (#16 of 88)

The alternative to mustard powder is to thinly coat the inside of the pastry base with horseradish sauce, of course.

Sabacious - 17 Nov 2015 18:14:13 (#17 of 88)

Ooh that's a good idea. Star anise is the way to season beef.

mazylou - 17 Nov 2015 18:19:26 (#18 of 88)

Steak. Kidney. Onions. Carrots. Seasoning. Squeeze of tomato purée. Dash of Worcestershire Sauce. Bay and thyme. Seasoning, flour and stock, plus a glass of red wine. Mushrooms.

Pastry is going to be shortcrust, with a mix of butter and lard so that it's reasonably strong on the base. I might make some puff for the top tomorrow.

Thank you for all the helpful suggestions.

RosyLovelady - 17 Nov 2015 18:26:14 (#19 of 88)

Leave out the mushrooms.

AshburtonAbove - 17 Nov 2015 18:29:57 (#20 of 88)

Mazylou, this has been mentioned before but this is one of the bees in my lifes bonnet. Do Not! I repeat Do Not make a stew and put a piece of pastry on the top like they do in crap pubs!

I am sure it will be lovely if you follow that one instruction.

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