Cath de Abaitua’s pre-camp Festival Pie

Camping pie

Cath’s Festival Pie, made the day before for an easy first night’s camping meal.

Cath’s devised some delicious recipes for camping, but we love this ‘make the day before’ pie that you can take along to give yourself a relaxing first night. Just cook some potatoes and veg to go with it and you’ll have a pretty impressive (and fast) debut dinner.

Beef pie with slow-cooked onions and greens 

Hot water crust pastry
  • 80g butter, cubed
  • 100ml water
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 225g plain flour
  • A pinch of salt
Pie filling
  • 500g minced beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 pointed cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 handful of breadcrumbs
  • 1 handful coriander leaves chopped
  • Knob of butter
  • Vegetable oil
Marinade
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 lumps of stem ginger in syrup, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tsp soy sauce

Method

To make the pastry
  1. Melt the butter in the water in a small pan.
  2. Put the flour and salt in a large bowl, make a well in the middle and drop in the egg.
  3. Once the butter is melted, add to the flour and egg and briskly mix with a wooden spoon.
  4. Once it has come together, spread it out on a dinner plate and leave to cool. Then roll it into a ball, cover with cling film and refrigerate for half an hour or so while you make the pie filling.
To make the pie filling
  1. Heat the oven to 200-degrees C.
  2. Mix together the minced beef in the marinade ingredients.
  3. Cook the onions in a few tablespoons of oil on a medium heat until they are soft and browning, this should take longer than you expect.
  4. Drain them in a sieve and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Sauté the greens in butter for a couple of minutes.
  6. Split your pastry in two and roll out a piece to line your pie dish, I use a loose bottomed tart tin, as this is quite a shallow pie.
  7. Add 3/4 of the beaten egg, breadcrumbs and coriander to the beef mixture.
  8. Layer the pie filling, first with the cabbage, then the beef and top with onions.
  9. Top your pie with the other half of the rolled out pastry, pinch it all the way around, cut in two air holes and glaze with the rest of the beaten egg.
  10. Decorate the pie with a pastry shapes before you glaze it.
  11. Cook in the hot oven for about 20 minutes.
  12.  metal skewer should come out very hot from the middle of the pie when it is done.

Read about Cath and Matthew de Abaitua’s family camping and read an extract from Matthew’s great book, The Art of Campinghere. And you can find more of Cath’s recipes here.

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