Meat Bridie

Reference: When Ian is taking Brianna to the ship from Scotland to America, she encounters eating this delicious Scottish dish

Ingredients (for six/seven bridies):
1½ lbs (700g) boneless, lean rump steak. You may also use ground beef, I would suggest ground sirloin)
Quarter cup beef stock
2 oz (2 rounded tablespoons) butter or margarine
1 (or 2) onion, chopped finely
Salt and pepper to taste
1½ lbs flaky pastry (home made, from a pastry mix packet or premade crescent roll dough works well)
1 teaspoon dry mustard powder (smooth rather than grained)

Instructions:
Remove any fat or gristle from the meat and tenderise with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Cut into half-inch cubes (unless you are using ground beef) and place in a bowl. Add the salt/pepper, mustard, chopped onion, butter/margarine and stock and mix well.
Prepare the pastry and divide the pastry and meat mixture into six (or seven dependent on size)equal portions. Roll each pastry portion into a circle about six inches in diameter and about quarter of an inch thick and place a portion of the mixture in the middle. Leave a small edge of pastry showing all round. Brush the outer edge of half the pastry circle with water and fold over. Pinch the edges together well. The pinched edges should be at the top of each bridie, although some bake with the edge at the sides. Make a small hole/slit in the top (to let out any steam). Brush a large baking tray with oil and place the bridies in this, ensuring that they are not touching. Place in a pre-heated oven 400 degrees for 15 minutes then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees 45/55 minutes, or until they are golden brown.

Source/Contributed by: Whisky Eyes

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