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Time for a Minced Beef and Mushy Peas Pie!
Yes you read that right! It’s not a minced beef pie with mushy peas – it’s a minced beef and mushy peas pie. The mushy peas are on the inside. I bumped into one of the FC United lads on the train home one day last week, Ste Wood who regaled me with some of the gastronomic treats he has encountered over ten years on the non league circuit and this delicacy is not as rare as you might think.
The French Oven are situated in the Grainger Market in Newcastle and are clearly not afraid of experimenting with flavours. I picked up a couple of unique pies when I was up there including the aforementioned and I can only imagine the reaction to this in certain quarters.
It must be a childhood flashback thing but I like my mushy peas as green as possible, I know it’s just colouring or additives but somehow it looks more authentic and that translates to a better taste even if it’s just a trick of the mind.
The peas in here are a dull greeny-grey colour as a result of being sunken into the mince. It doesn’t personally cause me offence however and I suppose is a crafty way of introducing a bit of veg into a predominantly meat pie. And it is indeed a fine pie, though the crust lacks a bit of stability once you start tucking into it. It’s pastry piece de resistance comes in the form of a large pastry pea on top.
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