November 18, 2014:
Pork pie is the perfect holiday dish. Not only is it delicious served hot out of the oven, but it is every bit as good warm or even at room temperature.
Pork Pie (from Michael Symon’s Carnivore, published 2012 by Clarkson Potter)
- 8 ounces slab bacon , cut into medium dice
- 2 pounds ground pork
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 2 cups chopped red onions
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large dice
- 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh savory
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Pastry dough for 2 (8-inch) double-crust pies, homemade or store-bought
- 1 large egg yolk beaten with 1 tablespoon milk
- Put a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until crisp, about 3 minutes. Remove the bacon from the pot and set aside on a plate. Add the ground pork to the pot drippings along with some salt and pepper, and brown for about 3 minutes. Remove the pork from the pot and set aside on the plate with the bacon.
- Add the celery, onions, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pot with 1 cup water, scraping up the bits on the bottom with a wooden spoon. Return the prok and bacon to the pot along with the potatoes, celery leaves, parsley, savory, cinnamon, and cloves. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until all of the liquid has evaporated.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Meanwhile, roll out the chilled pie dough and prick all over with a fork. Line two 8-inch pie plates with half of the dough and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
- Fill the pie plates with the meat mixture. Cover both pies with the top crusts, trimming and crimping the edges together to seal. Brush the tops with the egg yolk mixture and season with salt and pepper. Cut several steam vents in the center of each pie with a paring knife.
- Bake the pies for 45 minutes to an hour, until the crusts are golden brown. Let cool for at least 30 minutes before serving.