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Hogfather Pie

March 3, 2011
by Erin B

My family first saw the Hogfather movie years after I had read and enjoyed the book.   The girls liked it and we wanted to incorporate some of the hogfather traditions into our December.  I had never made or eaten a pork pie before my middle girls asked me to make one.  So we went to the internet and discovered three things:
1. no one in the family likes cold pork pies with jellied bit in them
2. I need to try a lot of different recipes before I find one that everyone likes and in the mean time the family eats a lot of pie
3. sometimes it’s ok to randomly copy ingredients from 8 or 9 different recipes to get something you like.

Hogfather pie
1 lb. lean ground pork
⅔ cup oatmeal
2 tablespoons McCormick mixed spice (contains ginger, allspice, cinnamon, coriander, mustard, bayleaf, cloves and  black pepper)
1 each egg
2 tablespoons anchovy paste
1 medium onion, shreaded
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 pie crust, top and bottom crust

1. – preheat oven to 350F
2. – over medium heat saute grated onion in oil until clear
3. – add ground pork and cook quickly for 5 minutes, stirring continuously
4. – remove from heat, pour into large mixing bowl and allow to cool
5. – when meat is cool enough to not cook the egg through carry over heating, add egg, oatmeal, anchovy paste, spices and mix thoroughly
6. – place raw pie crust into a pie plan
7. – add meat mixture to raw pie crust
8. – top with raw crust and cut vents into top
9. – seal edges of crust with either a fork or your fingers
10. – bake for about an hour or until meat thermometer reads as done (170F)

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