In Downton Abbey, most of the food we see is the fancy stuff that the “upstairs” folks eat. A lot of this fancy food looks beautiful and delicious, but some of it just sounds gross. However, we don’t see a lot of what the “downstairs” servants eat. So, when I saw an opportunity to recreate some more common English foods, I knew I had to take it.
In one of the episodes where Alfred is learning to cook, Jimmy makes fun of him for cooking such fancy things. As a retort, Alfred says, “We can’t all live off of battered fish and meat pies.” Well, that actually sounds pretty good to me.
English meat pies can be made with a variety of different meats and vegetables, but the most common vegetables are potatoes, carrots, and peas. I left the peas out of this pie because my husband hates them (which really stinks because peas are my absolute favorite vegetable!) But I’m going to include peas in the list of ingredients for you because they really give an added element of authenticity to these pies. You can make one big pie, like I did, or you can make smaller individual pies. It’s really up to you.
Meat Pies – A Downton Abbey Recipe
- 1 lb. ground beef, browned
- 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup sweet peas
- 1 tsp. onion powder
- 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup beef gravy
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 pie crusts
- 1 egg
- Boil the potato pieces and carrot pieces in a pot of water on the stove for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables start to get soft.
- Drain the water from the carrots and potatoes.
- Combine the browned beef, cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, peas, onion powder, worcestershire sauce, gravy, and salt and pepper into a large bowl, mixing well.
- Line a pie dish or a deep pan with one pie crust, and pour the meat mixture on top of it.
- Place the second pie crust on top of the meat mixture, sealing the edges closed.
- Cut some slits into the center of the crust.
- Whisk the egg in a small bowl, and brush the top of the pie with egg.
- Bake the pie at 375 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.