- Steak and kidney pie
The steak and kidney pie is a typical British dish with a filling of diced
beef steakand beef (ox), lamb's or pig's kidneys in a thick sauce. It is often, but not always, a one-crust pie, which means that the filling is covered but not completely enclosed by the pastry.
Besides being made fresh in a kitchen or a restaurant, food processing firms offer this foodstuff frozen in a box, or canned (in a
tin). Large cans even come in the size and shape of regular pie pans.
The sauce typically consists of beef
broth, flavoured with salt, pepper and parsley, onions, and thickened with flour, cornstarchor beurre manié. Two-crust steak and kidney pies are best made with hot water crust pastry, which is less likely to get soaked in sauce, but one-crust pies may also be made with puff pastryor shortcrust pastry. Steak and kidney puddingis a similar dish in which the contents are placed into a pudding dish lined and covered with suetpastry. The pudding is then steamed for several hours.
British Armed Forcesa pudding is sometimes called a "Baby's Head" and in certain areas of North West England primarily around Wiganand Leigh, Lancashirea "Babby's Yead" (Baby's Head).
Steak and kidney pie/pudding is also sometimes
colloquiallyknown as 'Kate and Sidney pie/pudding', 'Snake and Kiddy pie/pudding' or 'Snake and Pygmy pie/pudding'. [ [http://www.icons.org.uk/nom/nominations/steak-kidney-pie Icons.org - steak-kidney-pie] ] [Brophy, John and Eric Partridge. "The Long Trail: Soldiers' Songs and Slang, 1914-18", Revised edition. Sphere, 1969. ISBN 0-7221-1885-6.]
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