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Prep 40 mins
Cook 2 hrs
Most Bermudians love some mussel pie at the yearly Cup Match cricket game. The local custom is to have the lid of the hot pie sliced open and a dollop of mayonnaise inserted. (Taken from the Spirit of Bermuda cookbook.)
- 1⁄4 bushel small mussels, scrubbed
- 2 lbs potatoes, cut in small dice
- 2 medium onions, chopped fine
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon minced parsley
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon liquid gravy browner
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2⁄3 cup cold vegetable shortening
- 1⁄4 cup ice water
- FOR THE PIE FILLING:.
- Steam the mussels in 3/4 cup of water and reserve the broth. Remove the mussels from their shells and keep ready.
- Strain the broth of all grit (a fine strainer or cheesecloth should be used) and reheat.
- Boil the onions, potatoes, thyme and parsley together in the water until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the curry powder, worcestershire sauce, gravy browning, and mussels and bring to a boil.
- Thicken with cornstarch mixed with cold water, added while the mixture is boiling.
- If it's not thick enough, repeat with more cornstarch and water.
- Allow the filling to cool before proceeding.
- FOR THE PASTRY:.
- Stir together the flour and the salt.
- Cut the shortening into the flour until it resembles small peas.
- Sprinkle with a little water and toss to moisten the dough. Work the dough as little as possible, using as few strokes as you can to get it all combined into a ball.
- Flatten slightly and wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for atleast an hour or for up to 4 days in the fridge. (a month in the freezer).
- Let dough soften at room temperature before rolling out.
- Use the inverted pie pan or ramekin to measure the circle of dough needed.
- Fill pans or ramekins, cut and fit dough to top of pie.
- Bake until golden brown and bubbly within.
- (Please note that the cooking time I have added is merely an estimate, as is the amount of pie.).