|Homemade Scottish steak and kidney pie with garden fresh potatoes and carrots|
Steak pie in Scotland is of course normally a combination of diced stewing steak and beef link sausages in gravy, topped with puff pastry. Steak and kidney is more often considered an English rather than wider British combination for a pie filling. Since my teens, however, I have preferred steak and kidney pie to traditional Scottish steak pie - though I do love both! This dish is a combination of steak and kidney filling served in the traditional Scottish style steak pie style.
|Scottish steak and kidney|
Scottish steak and kidney is widely available in Scotland both from butcher's shops and from supermarkets. If you don't see it on display, try asking for it to see if the particular shop has it available. I bought it in this instance from my local Morrisons supermarket.
|Baby potatoes and carrots fresh from the garden|
The vegetables I served with the steak and kidney pie were gifted me as fresh as fresh can be from a local garden. You will notice that some of the carrots were orange and some were of the much less widely known purple variety.
Ingredients (Serves Two)
1/2 pound (225g) Scottish stewing steak, roughly diced
1/4 pound (110g) Scottish ox kidney, cleaned and roughly diced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 medium white onion, peeled and sliced
1 pint fresh beef stock
1/4 pound (110g) premade puff pastry
Flour for dusting pastry rolling area and rolling pin
1 small egg, beaten, for glazing pastry
Baby new potatoes (as required)
Baby carrots (as required)
2 ounces (50g or 1/2 stick) butter
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
|Steak and kidney is seasoned and ready for browning|
Pour the vegetable oil in to a large stew pot and gently heat. Add the steak and kidney, seasoning with salt, pepper and the dried thyme. Stir fry over a medium heat for a few minutes until evenly browned and sealed.
|Sliced onion is added to browned steak and kidney|
Add the sliced onion to the pot and stir for a further minute or so until the onion is just starting to soften.
|Steak and kidney is slowly simmered in beef stock|
Pour in the beef stock, bring to a simmer and continue to simmer for about an hour or until the steak is just tender. Cover and leave to cool completely.
|Cooled steak and kidney is added to pie dish|
When the steak and kidney is cool, put your oven on to preheat to 210C/425F/Gas Mark 7.
Use a slotted spoon to lift the steak and kidney pieces to a suitable pie dish. Pour in just enough stock to half cover the meat. If you add too little stock, the meat will dry out in the oven; if you add too much, it will make the underside of the pastry soggy.
|Premade Scottish puff pastry|
This puff pastry came in a half pound block. I only needed half of it, so the other half went in to a plastic dish and the fridge where it will easily keep for a couple of days. I rolled out the half I needed on a floured board just large enough that it would comfortably cover the pie dish.
|Rolled pastry is laid on top of pie dish|
I carefully laid the rolled out pastry over the pie dish. I know that very often people will firstly wet the edges of the dish with milk or beaten egg, or perhaps cover them with offcuts of pastry. This is to stop the pastry shrinking during cooking. I never do this as I want the pastry to shrink during cooking. Why? I think it makes the plating up easier and for better presentation when the pie is actually on the plate. It also makes washing the dish afterwards a lot easier...
|Pastry is crimped and trimmed|
Crimp the pastry around the edges of the dish and trim the excess carefully away with a sharp knife.
|Steak and kidney pie is glazed and ready for the oven|
I always sit a pie like this in a deep roasting tray to cook. This is simply in case there is any unexpected leaking of juices during cooking. It's a lot easier to clean a roasting tray than your entire oven!
Glaze the pastry all over with beaten egg and cut a steam vent in the centre. Put the pie in to the oven for 35 to 40 minutes, until the pastry is risen and golden.
|Scrubbing baby potatoes and carrots|
The potatoes and carrots should be scrubbed in your sink using cold water. Neither, however, should be peeled or even scraped.
|Baby new potatoes are put on to boil|
Put the potatoes in to a large pot of cold, salted water and bring to a simmer for about twenty-five minutes or until just softened and no more.
|Homemade steak and kidney pie removed from the oven|
Take the steak and kidney pie from the oven and let it rest for ten minutes or so while you tend to the nearly ready potatoes and the carrots.
|Trimming baby carrots for sauteeing|
Trim the stalks almost but not not quite completely from the carrots as shown above. Likewise, trim off any straggly ends.
|Sauteeing baby carrots in butter and cumin|
Melt half the butter (1 ounce) in a small, non-stick frying pan. Add the carrots and season with salt, pepper and the ground cumin. Fry on a medium heat for three or four minutes, gently shaking the pan to turn the carrots every thirty seconds or so.
|Butter is added to new potatoes|
Drain the potatoes at your sink through a colander, return them to the empty pot and let them steam off for a couple of minutes. Add the remaining butter and gently swirl the pot to melt the butter and evenly coat the potatoes.
Divide the steak and kidney pie between two serving plates before adding the potatoes and carrots.
|Steak and kidney pie portion is plated|