Game of Thrones Medieval Pork Pie

I'm not a big TV watcher, but Bryan and I do love watching Game of Thrones together. Yes, it's got gratuitous sex and violence, but the Machiavellian political scheming is just fascinatingly unpredictable, and the characters are SO complex. 
B: Hey, I know you're a fan of Game of Thrones and you love cooking, so check out this official cookbook! What do you think about me getting this for your sister as a Christmas gift?
Chef Uy: What the heck? Why can't you give it to ME for Christmas?
B: Because...I already got you a book before as a gift. And it doesn't seem romantic to give a cookbook.
Chef Uy: What an illogical reason! WANT!

Long story short, I got the cookbook for Christmas ;)
Family Medicine is a lighter rotation (no working on weekends!), so I finally finished the last Game of Thrones book after devouring it for a week and a half nonstop. I'm an avid reader, and when I get into a book, nothing else happens until I finish - a rather dangerous habit, so I read only when I have a large chunk of time.
I was thrilled to also finally test out my first recipe .... yes, I know it's March already. The recipes are grouped according to the book's regions - this Pork Pie recipe is from the Wall above the North. Also, the recipes have an authentic "medieval" version and a "modern," with more common ingredients, which is really cool. I couldn't decided between both, so I combined them.

Although making the crust pretty is a hassle, the pie filling itself is super easy to make. The flavor is amazing - those medieval folks ate very, very well.

Medieval Pork Pie 


Ingredients
1/2 onion, diced
1 1/2 pounds ground pork
1 cup of Ritz crackers, crushed
2 tsp poultry seasoning
1/2 tsp ground cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup spicy barbecue sauce
2 Tbsp honey
1 apple, thinly sliced
1/2 cup grated cheese of choice
Dough for double crust 9″ pie (storebought or recipe below)
1 egg, for egg wash (optional)

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly brown the onion in a pan over medium heat. Add the pork, crackers, poultry seasoning, cumin, and salt and pepper, barbecue sauce, and honey; sautee until pork is just cooked.

Pour the filling into the prebaked pie shell (I used a 6 inch cake pan). Arrange sliced apples and cheese over the filling. Cover with the top dough and pinch edges shut. Beat 1 egg and brush the top to make it golden brown when baking.

Cut decorative steam holes in the top of the pastry and bake for 45 min to 1 hour.

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Medieval Pastry Dough

(Dough for double crust 9″ pie)

Ingredients
pinch of saffron (optional)
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3 cups flour
2 egg yolks, beaten

Directions
Optional: Dissolve the saffron in the water.

Cut and combine the butter into the flour until crumb-size pieces of butter are formed. Add the egg yolks and the saffron water. Mix until everything just sticks together (add more water if needed). Dough can be chilled up to 3 days or frozen indefinitely.

To pre-bake a shell, line a pan with dough, rolled very thin—to between 1/8 and 1/4 inch. Poke holes with a fork all over the bottom of the pastry shell, or use dried beans to prevent bubbling. Bake for 10 minutes at 350°F. Don’t let the pastry brown! Remove it from the oven and fill as the recipe indicates.

*I used this to make a 6 inch double layered pie with some extra dough

9 comments

  1. A Gentleman always pays his debts
    A Lady pays the iron price

    I cant wait for you to make this for me someday =)

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  2. That crust looks awesome! All of my friends are trying to get me into Game of Thrones, and this pork pie is pretty convincing (:

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    1. Hi Connie,

      Game of Thrones is pretty awesome, but definitely also a series where it's helpful to have someone familiar with the plot (or at least use wiki lol). Buuut, the pork pie is delicious even if you have no idea what the show or book is about ;)

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  3. From one GOT fan to another, I just wanted to stop by and say hi! I'm a big fan of the books, so last night we had a big pizza party for the premiere... next time I gotta try this pie!

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    1. Oooh, I'm super behind on the TV series (my goal is to finish them before residency ends >_<).

      My fiance went ahead and watched all 4 leaked episodes of the new season without bothering to wait for me lol

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  4. didn't read the books, but i LOVE the show. i had no idea it inspired a cookbook, but this actually looks really delicious! ah, the power of pastry (and pig).

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    1. Hi Grace, I'm a GoT watcher as well! The cookbook is fabulous - all the recipes so far have been legit. It's got quotes from the books and a forward by George Martin!

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  6. Should this pie not be finished off with cold aspic in it

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