Friday, January 15, 2010

Scotch Pies and a Chow on Ice

Very early this morning I caught Teddy napping on a pile of ice.


She looks annoyed to be disturbed from her nap. Even with a shaved chest and tummy, she still loves the snow.


I bought a couple pounds of ground lamb and decided to make Scotch pies.


I think of all the different pies I make, I like these best. You can addd almost anything you want to this recipe. I bind it with a few eggs and here I have added some spices like cumin, oregano and thyme.


Then I added diced onions.


A package of spinach.


A bunch of pine nuts.


And some feta cheese. Then I made a hot water dough which I forgot to photograph.




I oiled the bottoms and sides of some jelly jars.


And cut strips of parchment paper and string.


Then I molded the dough around the jars and put a strip of parchment paper around them and tied them with string.



When you slide them off of the jars they look like this.



Then I scooped in some filling.


You pat the meat in tight. These should be dense.


After filling them, you cut rounds out of the dough and place them on top.


You crimp them around the edges and place on a parchment paper covered cookie sheet.



Then you punch a hole in the middle of each pie to allow steam to escape.


They bake in a 350 degree oven for about an hour.


This is such a good and easy way to make gravy. Chop up a bunch of vegetables. Use what you have on hand. I used carrots, onions, celery and turnips. Throw them in a heavy pan with some olive oil and let them cook over medium high heat for at least 30 minutes stirring occasionally. You want the vegetables to be very brown. This gives your gravy flavor. Once they have browned sprinkle flour over the vegetables and stir around for a few minutes.


Add a cup and a half of red wine. Add about 6 cups of stock. Let this mixture boil until it starts to thicken. Then pour this through a sieve and return the gravy to the pot.


Look how this glistens. Continue to cook it down until it becomes a bit thicker. Taste it and add salt and pepper to taste.


What cute little pies.


Ladle the gravy in a soup bowl and place a Scotch pie on top.


Yummers! I made 16 of these little babies.


Then I packaged them all up with their little gravy containers and waved goodbye.

13 comments:

Linda in New Mexico said...

I had never heard of Scotch pies before today. We love lamb and this will be a new experience for us. Thanks for sharing.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Robbie Burns would be proud o' ye!

The cottage by the Cranelake said...

Teddy looks so cute there on the ice :-)

Ground lamb is hard to find here, very few eats lamb because they belive it will taste like a cardigan :-) :-) But those little pies do look tasty!
Have a great day now!
Christer.

Suzie said...

I've never heard of these before! And they way that they go together is charming! I've taken notes! :-)

Teddy is doing her part in melting the snow and ice off of your path. You spoiled her surprise. lol

rox said...

oh that looks like such yummy winter food ! Thank you I think we'll try this as we're off to our organic meat shop tomorrow .

Pricilla said...

Mmmm. I have some ground lamb but it will be going into Moussaka.

VintageSage said...

I've never seen that before but they look absolutely delicious! You are such a great cook! Teddy has enough fur on him to keep him warm no matter how much ice he's on. LOL! What a sweetie pie!

Divaeva said...

MMMMMMMMMMM!

Touchatou said...

What a nice and bizare dish ! But it looks so good ! That gravy of yours is just too much to bear... I want to put my finger in it !

allycupe said...

Thanks for coming by my blog on my SITS day, I really appreciated it and now I'm here to spread the comment-love! I am soooo bookmarking the scotch pie post and coming back!!!

abby jenkins said...

Well kiss my kilt those look delicious! You just inspired me to try some of those this week for my Scotsman. Happy to stumble upon your blog via Eddie's.

Rue said...

Teddy is looking wonderful - I hope she is healing well, and her medications are working!

Those scotch pies are the cutest!

Bridgett said...

No fair! I want to be your daughter so I can eat some of this delicious food! MMMMMMM!!!