Something For The Weekend BBC2

Posted: 12/9/2011

Our Corned Beef was used this moring on BBC2 Something For The Weekend lifestyle programme, where Chef Simon Rimmer & Presenter Tim Lovejoy couldn't get enough of the stuff with Simon later commenting on Twitter that it was the best Corned Beef he had ever tasted.

Corned beef pot pies

Simon Rimmer uses this retro ingredient to make comforting pot pies. Serve with a mound of mashed potato.

Preparation time: Less than 30 mins

Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour

Serves 4


2 tbsp vegetable oil

200g/7oz smoked bacon lardons

1 onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 carrots, diced

200ml/7fl oz bitter or ale

200ml/7fl oz beef stock

1 tsp caster sugar

500g/1lb 2oz McCartney's Corned Beef, cut into cubes

6 gherkins, chopped

1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

salt and white pepper

1 x 375g/13oz packet readymade puff pastry

1 free-range egg, beaten

Preparation method

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the bacon lardons for 4-5 minutes, or until crisp. Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside.
In the same pan, fry the onions and garlic on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes, or until softened. Add the cooked bacon, carrots, bitter, beef stock, sugar, corned beef and gherkins. Bring the mixture to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 25 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the parsley and season to taste with salt and white pepper. Divide the mixture among four individual pie dishes and set aside to cool completely.
Cut four circles out of the puff pastry that are large enough to cover the pie dishes. Place the pastry on top of the pie dishes and brush with the beaten egg.
Place the pies onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is crisp and golden-brown.

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