New Years Eve Meat Pie

Prep Time1 hr 30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Refrigerator Time12 hrs
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 people

Equipment

  • Meat Grinder
  • 2-3 inch cookie cutters

Ingredients

Filling

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 shallots minced
  • 1 ounce fatback cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 3 ounces chicken livers cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into 1/3-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces boneless pork shoulder cut into 1/3-inch pieces
  • 2 tbsp Somerset Ridge Ruby Port
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup sliced pistachios preferably Sicilian

Hot Water Crust

  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks sticks unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
  • 6 ounces lard
  • 1 cup unbleached bread flour

Aspic

  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin (1/4 ounce)
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup chicken stock preferably homemade, heated

Instructions

Ground Meat

  • In a large bowl, combine fatback, chicken livers, chicken thighs, and pork shoulder.
  • Pass through medium blade of a meat grinder into another large bowl.

Filling

  • In a small skillet, heat oil over medium-low; add shallots and cook until well caramelized.
  • Let cool completely, then add to ground-meat mixture.
  • Add fatback, chicken livers, chicken thighs, and pork shoulder; mix to combine.
  • Add Ruby Port, sage, thyme, spices, 2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper; mix to combine.
  • Fold in pistachios.
  • Refrigerate, covered, while you make crust.

Hot Water Crust

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees with rack in center.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flours and salt.
  • In a small saucepan, bring butter, lard, and 1/2 cup water to a boil, then remove from heat.
  • Pour over flour mixture, and mix with a wooden spoon until a ball of shaggy dough forms.
  • On a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  • Divide dough in half; set one half aside.
  • Cut remaining half into two equal pieces; wrap separately in plastic to prevent drying out.
  • Working quickly (dough is best to work with while warm), roll out reserved dough half between two sheets of parchment to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Using the base of a 10-inch springform pan as a guide, cut a round from dough; fit into bottom of pan, pressing into place and patching dough as needed.
  • Remove plastic from one of the dough pieces.
  • Cut dough into 4-inch wide strips; press up sides of pan to cover completely, re-rolling dough and patching as needed (dough should come up sides of pan to reach top edge).
  • Firmly press dough into place to ensure there are no holes. Reserve any remaining dough scraps.
  • Brush dough with a thin layer of egg wash to prevent any leaks.
  • Add filling to crust, smoothing surface with an offset spatula.
  • Remove plastic from remaining piece of dough; on a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch-thick round.
  • Place round over filling; press edges to seal with dough on sides of pan.
  • Create a vent by inserting the handle of a wooden spoon into center and making a hole.
  • Make a second hole near edge of pie.
  • On a lightly floured surface, re-roll reserved dough scraps to a 1/4-inch thickness.
  • Using a 2 1/2-inch leaf cutter, cut out leaves and score with the back of a paring knife.
  • Brush bottom of leaves with egg wash; adhere to top crust in a decorative pattern (be careful not to cover vents).
  • Using a 3-inch flower cutter, cut out a flower and make a hole in the center.
  • Place flower over vent in center of pie, making sure holes align.
  • Transfer pie to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake until crust is golden and a thermometer inserted into vent reads 160 degrees, about 1 hour 20 minutes.
  • Carefully remove from oven and gently remove sides of pan.
  • Brush top and sides of crust with egg wash, then continue baking until deeply golden, about 15 minutes more.
  • Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely, at least 2 hours.

Aspic

  • Sprinkle gelatin over 2 tbsp water; let stand until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add to 1/2 cup heated chicken stock; let stand until gelatin has dissolved.
  • Insert a funnel into vent along edge of the pie; slowly add stock mixture, a little at a time, so it does not overflow.
  • Refrigerate pie overnight; bring to room temperature before serving.