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Picnic pie

  • serves 8

You'll need to put in some extra effort for this recipe, but the payoff will be great. This meaty picnic pie makes a mean, hearty meal.

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Ingredients

  • all-butter shortcrust pastry 500g block
  • eggs 5, at room temperature
  • thick-cut bacon 200g, rind and fat removed and chopped
  • herb pork sausages 6, skins removed
  • lean pork mince 400g
  • fennel seeds 2 tsp, toasted and crushed
  • parsley chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • tarragon chopped to make 1 tbsp
  • egg 1, beaten to glaze
  • all-butter puff pastry 200g 

Method

  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Butter a 900g non-stick loaf tin. Cut a strip of baking paper the same width as the tin and line it, leaving the edges overhanging. 

  • Step 2

    Roll out the shortcrust pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. 

  • Step 3

    Use the pastry to line the tin. Carefully push it into the corners and mould it to fit the shape of the tin. Leaving a bit of pastry overhanging. Cook the eggs in boiling water for 7 minutes. Put in iced water to cool completely then peel off the shells. 

  • Step 4

    Put the bacon, sausages, mince, fennel and herbs in a bowl with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper. Mix well using clean hands. Put half the mince mix in the bottom of the tin. 

  • Step 5

    Using your fingers, make a dip in the middle of the mince mixture that’s big enough to fit the eggs.

  • Step 6

    Cut the ends off all the eggs so you can line them up neatly end to end.

  • Step 7

    Cover the eggs with the rest of the mince mix, making sure it fits snugly around the eggs. Level the top.

  • Step 8

    Brush the edges of the shortcrust pastry with some of the beaten egg.

  • Step 9

    Roll out the puff pastry to 20p coin thickness and drape it over the top of the tin, pushing down gently so it sticks to the shortcrust.

  • Step 10

    Carefully trim the edges with a pair of kitchen scissors. 

  • Step 11

    Crimp the edges with your fingers. 

  • Step 12

    Lightly score the top and glaze with the rest of the egg. Make a hole, put on a baking tray and bake for 1 hour. Cool in the tin then chill overnight. Turn out and cut into thick slices.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 680
  • Carbs 39.5g
  • Protein 27.3g
  • Fat 45.9g
  • Salt 3g
  • Fibre 1.6g
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