My primary purpose for the trip was to meet my new grandson, catch up with my daughter, and get to know my son-in-law better. Of course the secondary reason for the trip was to soak up the English culture, see the sights, and experience all the different foods.
As for the sights, I spent my time between London and Brighton, and managed to get in Arundel castle, which by the way was awesome! As for the food, well, that’s what this series is for. So lets get started with the second installment – Steak and Ale Pie.
Steak and Ale Pie
This reminded me of the classic Pot Pie we usually see in the US. It was very tasty with the traditional brown gravy. Although this wasn’t my favorite of the foods I experienced in the UK, it was definitely one I had seconds of!
According to Wikipedia:
A steak pie is a traditional meat pie served in Britain. It is made from stewing steak and beef gravy, enclosed in a pastry shell. Sometimes mixed vegetables are included in the filling. Steak pie is subtly different from Steak and kidney pie. In Ireland Guinness Stout is commonly added along with bacon and onions, and the result is commonly referred to as a Steak and Guinness Pie (or Guinness Pie for short).
A Steak and Ale pie is a similar creation, popular in British pubs, using one of a variety of ales in place of the Guinness. The dish is often served with “steak chips” (thickly sliced potatoes fried, sometimes fried in beef dripping). Steak Pies are also available from chip shops, served with normal chips, referred to in Scotland as a steak pie supper.
A steak pie supper is usually accompanied by salt and vinegar, however around Edinburgh a combination of spirit vinegar and brown sauce, known simply as “sauce” or “chippie sauce”, is popular. The precise proportions of each ingredient are unique to each take-away.
In Scotland, steak pie is traditionally eaten on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) or Ne’erday (New Year’s Day).
Steak and Ale Pie recipe:
I dug around the internet for a recipe I felt would be authentic and tested. I decided on this recipe. If you’d like to try this check out this Steak and Ale Pie recipe.