Monday, January 23, 2012

National Pie Day!

This is a redo of a post from a couple of years ago. I brought it back for National Pie Day!

The best, best Christmas thing Mama made was real mincemeat pie. She and Grandma would get together and make the pies before Christmas. I loved those times.  In later years, I watched and wrote down the recipe, because mincemeat pies were one of those things that they had no recipe for, they just made them. When they were all still on the farm, Grandma made up  metal dishpans full of mincemeat. They canned whatever they did not use at the time. The only thing they needed to buy was flour, sugar, and oranges. Everything else they grew on the farm. Plenty of beef, an orchard of apples, and a vineyard. Grandpa made homemade wine, a sweet concord wine. Grandpa was first generation English, and Grandma first generation German. I don't know whose family had the tradition of mincemeat pies, probably the English side.

This year Mama and I made mincemeat pies again. We have customized the origional recipe over the last 20 years, because we don't make the mincemeat from scratch anymore.  Here are a few pictures and the recipe.

Mincemeat Pie
Makes 1 deep dish pie and 1 regular pie

3 cups of beef roast, cooked and chopped finely ( I do a chuck roast in the crockpot)
Peel from  1 and 1/2 oranges
1/2 orange, diced
2 cups raisins
1 apple, diced finely
2 cups of Mogan David concord wine ( no fancy wine, you need Mad Dog, the sweet, cheap stuff)
1 jar (1 lb) of mincemeat
crusts for 2 pies
Add all ingredients together in a large bowl, and combine. Fill pie crusts with this mixture. Make sure you have steam holes in the top crust. Bake at 375 degrees for  45 minutes, or until crust is nicely browned.                 


Barbara F. said...

I love a good mincemeat pie. No one I know in my circle really likes it so I have never attempted to make it. I'll buy it in a bakery or else I buy a jar of Nonesuch. I could really just eat a little of Nonesuch on a dish and be happy! Great traditional old world recipe, Pat. xo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Looks wonderful! I have not had mincemeat pie in years!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

I have never eaten mincemeat pie, but we have a family member who loves it. Your recipe sounds delicious. Oh, your table was so pretty in the previous post! Linda

Pam said...

I can't believe I missed pie day! I love banana cream pie. And what ever happened to pies? People used to go out for pie and coffee and you just don't hear of that anymore.

Something Nice and Pretty said...

Would you believe I've never tasted mincemeat pie? It looks good though:) Thanks for stopping by, loved having you!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I have never had mincemeat pie...must try! Sounds yummy! Have a great week!...hugs...Debbie