Pork and green peppercorn pie

pork and green peppercorn pie

Pie is great at Christmas time so try ours with its scrumptious pork and green peppercorn filling. You can make individual pies if you prefer.

Preparation: 40 min | cooking: about 2 hrs | serves 8-10

Ingredients

Pork

1,5-2kg stewing pork

salt and white pepper

15ml (1T) olive oil

1 onion, quartered

2 bay leaves

250ml (1c) chicken or vegetable stock

Filling

15ml (1T) olive oil

2 onions, chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

300-350g mixed mushrooms, cut into chunks

30ml (2T) flour

30ml (2T) green peppercorns, roughly chopped

grated zest of 2 lemons

handful of fresh parsley, chopped

handful of fresh coriander, chopped

salt

To finish

2 rolls (400g) puff pastry

1 egg yolk whisked with 10ml (2t) water

Method

Pork

  • Season the meat with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a pressure cooker and brown the meat in batches.
  • Add the onion, bay leaves and stock, and cover with water.
  • Cook under pressure for 1-1½ hours or until the meat is soft and falling off the bone.
  • Remove the meat from the pot and retain the liquid. Remove and discard any bones, skin and excess fat.

Filling

  • Heat the olive oil in a deep pan and fry the onions and garlic until fragrant.
  • Add the carrots and mushrooms and fry until done.
  • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and mix well.
  • Add 250ml (1c) of the cooking liquid from the pork and stir through.
  • Simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened slightly.
  • Turn down the heat and add the pork. Add more of the cooking liquid if the mixture looks too dry.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and season with salt if needed.
  • Take the filling off the heat and let it cool completely.
  • Transfer the filling to a large pie dish or divide between two medium pie dishes.

To finish

  • Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface.
  • Cover the pie dish(es) with the pastry and cut off the excess.
  • Tuck the pastry snugly over the filling and crimp the edges.
  • Decorate the pies with the excess pastry if you like.
  • Make a slit in the middle of the pastry lid on the pie(s).
  • Transfer to aluminium freezer dishes and cover with clingfilm if you plan to cook them later.
  • To complete, defrost if necessary, brush lightly with the egg wash and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown.

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