February 3, 2008

Meat Pie (Homage to Sweeney Todd)

Did I ever mention our neighbor? He's a loud nuisance and his house is an eyesore! He has no family--at least no family who ever comes to call. We haven't seen him lately...I wonder where he is.

My in-laws, Marilyn and Jack, made meat pie- another first for me. It's a combination of meat, potatoes, leftover vegetables, biscuits and gravy. Jack mentioned that it's probably a depression-era dish since it's an efficient way of using leftovers to recreate another meal. Whether you use freshly slaugtered meat or leftover roast, it promises to be savory and hearty and to hide any "unfortunate accidents".

Jack said they used a leftover roast, but we weren't here when they made the pie. He sliced it into bite-sized pieces and put it in a pot with peeled and cubed Idaho potatoes, just covered it with water and added a couple of spoonfuls of the "leftover gravy" he said he had from the roast. He boiled the potatoes and meat until the potatoes were still firm but cooked through. He put the mixture (including juices) into a casserole dish and prepared biscuit topping according to the instructions on the Bisquick box. Into a 450 degree oven, just until the biscuit top is golden brown. Heat up some of the alleged gravy on the side, it's great spooned over the final product.

It was one of those dishes that warms the cockles of your heart- hot and cozy. I don't know how I made it this long without trying meat pie! The meat was eerily tender, all the flavors just melted into eachother. The gravy on top was a wonderful bonus. I'm not sure how they all of a sudden came up with this dinner idea, but it tasted great, and I decided not to ask a lot of questions. It was a nice and peaceful dinner without all that racket coming from next door. What I don't know can't hurt me...and the eggs.


Anonymous said...

where is your neighbor? we heard him when we were there, didn't we?
Meat pie sounds very good dinner on a cold night!

JB said...

yumm - Noisey neighbor is one of my favorite ingredients.

Pannifer's said...

Meat pies are yummy! Especially when someone else makes them for you!

Julie said...

That meat pie looks delicious.

Arties32 said...

Thank you, Julie- it was!