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English Pork Pie Recipe



When I told my family I was baking a pork pie for my “Great Expectations” book post, their collective reply was “yuck!” But this pork pie, from Oprah.com: A Date with Dickens is so good! The weather was chilly so I served this pork pie straight from the oven and it was wonderful!

English Pork Pie Recipe courtesy of Michael Ruhlman Oprah.com | December 01, 2007

Inspired by Great Expectations and Fall of Giants

Click here for more book club party ideas for Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Click here
for book club party ideas for Fall of Giants for Ken Follett.

Prep Time:  30 minutes     Refrigeration Time: 1 1/2 hour     Bake Time:  1 1/4 hour     Servings: Serves 6–8

Pork in a pastry

Ingredients

Dough:

  • 24 tablespoon (3 sticks) cold unsalted butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour , plus more for rolling
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 to 6 tablespoons ice water

Filling:

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup finely diced onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork (unseasoned)
  • 1 cup diced smoked ham
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or canned broth

Egg Wash:

  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk

Instructions

  1. To make dough: Dice butter.   Put flour and butter in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal. With machine running, add egg and water through feed tube until mixture just comes together. Shape 1/3 of the dough into a disk and wrap with plastic; shape the remaining 2/3 dough into a disk, wrap with plastic. Refrigerate both disks at least 1 hour or up to 1 day before using.
  2. To make meat filling: In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic and sauté, stirring often, until soft but not at all browned, about 4 minutes. Set aside to cool; refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Put pork, ham, salt, pepper, thyme, and onion-garlic mixture in a bowl. Using a spatula (or your hands), mix well. Slowly add chicken stock, a few tablespoons at a time, until incorporated. Cover and refrigerate until cold, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°. On a floured work surface, roll the larger dough disk into a 12-inch circle about 1/8 inch thick. Brush off excess flour and place on a baking sheet with sides. Shape meat mixture into a 5″ x 2 1/2″ disk and place in the center of the dough. Carefully lift edges of dough and wrap around meat so that it partially covers top of meat. Roll out remaining dough until it’s 1/8 inch thick; cut a 6-inch circle from it. Cut a 3/4-inch hole in the center of the circle; set aside.
  5. To make egg wash: In a small bowl, whisk egg, egg yolk, and milk until uniformly blended. Using a pastry brush, paint the edges of the dough encasing the meat, then paint one side of the 6-inch circle of dough. Lift the circle and place egg-wash-side down on meat. Crimp edges of dough together with bottom crust to seal. Brush entire top with egg wash.
  6. Bake pie 20 to 25 minutes, or until crust begins to brown. Reduce oven temperature to 350°, and bake until pie reaches an internal temperature of 150°, about 50 minutes longer. Remove pie from oven and let sit 15 minutes.

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