Winter Comfort Food | Easy Mince Pie

I must admit I’m a sucker for comfort food at any time of the year. It’s just around winter when it gets dark earlier and you’ve got to cosy up it seems so much more fitting.

Simple Comfort Food is the best in my opinion. No perfect measurements and when you just wack it all together at the end is my idea of an ideal recipe!

Winter Comfort Food | Easy Mince Pie

The fact I like lazy cooking is why I use ready made puff pastry for my mince pies. I’m pretty sure my Mum would read this and want me to tell you to make your own, but lets be honest not everyone has time to do that on your average Wednesday night 🙄

Easy Mince Pie | What you’ll need:

  • An onion, chopped
  • 1 chopped carrot
  • 500g mince
  • 1tbsp flour
  • 300ml beef stock
  • Ready-made puff pastry
  • A beaten egg to glaze

You can also add extras like peas, green beans or a splash of Worcestershire Sauce. It’s a pretty versatile basic recipe so one of those ones you just pop in whatever you’ve got going spare in the fridge.

Winter Comfort Food | Easy Mince Pie

Winter Comfort Food | Easy Mince Pie

Easy Mince Pie | How to

  1. Start off by preheating your oven to 200°C
  2. Heat up a frying pan with oil/frylight.
  3. Add your onion, carrots and whatever other veg you’re adding. Cook for about 5 minutes just to soften them.
  4. Add the mince and cook until the meat has browned.
  5. Add a tablespoon of flour, stir through and cook for about a minute stirring, then add the beef stock.
  6. Bring the meat mix to the boil, then reduce to a simmer gently for about 20 mins. If the mix is becoming too thick add a splash more water.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool while you prepare the pastry
  8. Roll out the pastry and line the bottom of your dish and cut off any excess before rolling out the rest for the lid of your pie. Egg wash the edges.
  9. Add all your mince to your dish and lightly level off
  10. Roll out your leftover pastry if you haven’t already and  lay it over the top
  11. Do the fancy edges with a fork or just by pinching it with your fingers
  12. Make a couple of slits in the top of the pastry to allow the steam to escape
  13. Brush the top of your pie  to glaze and bake in the oven for 20-30 mins, or until it’s golden brown
  14. Winter Comfort Food | Easy Mince Pie

    Winter Comfort Food | Easy Mince Pie

    We usually serve ours with either fancy new potatoes; basically new potatoes with a bit of butter and herbs 😂. Or just go for a google old classic pie and mash.

    Add some extra veg on the side and it’s all done. Around 45 minutes from start to finish and a some major comfort food at the end.

    Check out some of my other recipes here

helen
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