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Nick Nairn's Homemade Pork Pie Recipe

Make ahead for Boxing Day

Recipe Category

Pork Recipes

Recipe Ingredient




For the pastry

  • 360g plain flour
  • 60g duck fat or lard
  • 60g butter
  • 120ml water
  • pinch sea salt   Buy Now

For the filling

  • ½ onion, finely chopped
  • 6 sage leaves, chopped
  • 3 sprigs thyme, leaves only
  • 15g unsalted butter
  • 460g raw pork (belly, shoulder & gammon, variously chopped & minced)   Buy Now
  • ¼ tsp salt   Buy Now
  • ¼ tsp ground mace
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 10 turns black pepper

To finish

  • beaten egg
  • 7 sheets gelatine dissolved in 600ml chicken stock to make aspic jelly
Nick Nairn's Homemade Pork Pie Recipe


1. Pre heat oven to 200C

2. For the pastry, place the flour into a bowl. In a pan, boil the water, fat, butter and salt. Take off the heat for 30 seconds before pouring onto the flour. Mix to a smooth dough, cover and keep warm.

3. Heat the butter, and cook the onion, sage and thyme. Cool then mix with the pork and seasonings.

4. Roll out two thirds of the pastry to 8mm. Line a cake ring (12cm x 6cm, large pork-pie sized!) with the pastry, overlapping at the top. Pack the meat mix inside.

5. Roll out the remaining pastry for the lid. Seal with water. Pinch the edges to join lid and base then trim. Cut a 1cm hole in the top. Egg wash the lid. Roll trimmings for decorations.

6. Cook on a tray for 15-20 minutes then turn down to 140C for 1 hour. Cool on a rack.

7. Boil the jelly then cool for 5 mins. Pour into the pie using a funnel in the hole to completely fill the gap between filling and pastry. It may need topping up as it cools. Don’t cut until cold, ideally the next day. Serve with salad and pickles.