Forfar Bridies (Cooks Illustrated)

Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 40 mins

This is different from other Forfar Bridies (or Meat and Onion Turnovers) because it has lamb, beer and dry mustard, I use beef because my husband doesn't like lamb. I intend to use about 1/4 tsp Marmite instead of additional salt so that the filling is even more savory. I used Pillsbury premade crust and skipped the egg wash. I made two sizes of bridies: the 3-inch ones were the best IMO.irst anyway.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. First, make the pastry. Combine flour, sugar and salt. Cut in the butter until you have something that looks like coarse cornmeal with butter bits no larger than small peas. Or use a food processor to do it.
  2. Transfer flour mixture to large mixing bowl. Working with 1/4 cup of water at a time, sprinkle water over flour mixture and stir it in using a rubber spatula, pressing mixture against the side of the bowl to form a dough. Keep doing until no small bits of flour remain. You may not need to use all of the water.
  3. Turn dough out onto a clean work surface. Divide into 2 pieces. Press into a cohesive ball, then flatten that into a 6-inch disk. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill until firm, about 1 hours.
  4. Next, make the filling. Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over med-high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic and thyme. Season with pepper and salt (or Vegemite/Marmite) if desired.
  5. Cook until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in mustard, nutmeg and flour. Cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the beer. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the cream and simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in Worcestershire.
  6. See if you think it needs more salt and pepper. Transfer to a bowl and place in fridge to cool.
  7. Okay, ready for the pastries. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside. Remove 1 disk of dough from fridge. Roll on a lighly flour surface utnil about 1/8 thick -- about 1 15-inch square. Cut four 6-inch rounds with a paring knife using a bowl or plate as a template. Transfer rounds to baking sheet. Cover dough with plastic wrap and chill. Repeat with the second disk.
  8. Heat oven to 425. Working with first batch of dough rounds, put a generous 1/4 cup in the center of each round. Wet the edges of the round with water. Fold dough in half over the rilling, sealing dough with your thumb. Crimp the edges. Brush the pies with egg if using. Arrange on a single baking sheet lined with parchment.
  9. Bake until golden brown, about 25 - 30 minutes, rotating the tray halfway thru. Cool for 5 minutes or room temp before serving.
  10. Baked turnovers can be refrigerated in a ziplock baggie for up to two days. Just return to room temp before serving.
Most Helpful

Yummy! I made this as written, except for omitting the butter in the filling stage. I used 85/15 ground lamb, and actually had to skim off fat before moving on to the next step; so I'm glad I didn't add any extra. I don't normally make my own pastry, but decided to this time. I had enough to make 10 bridies, but made 8 and saved the rest of the pastry for another recipe. These were great as written, but I would tweak a couple of things if I make again- I'd like to see some vegetables in this; possibly peas or mushrooms would be fairly traditional. I'll freeze the leftovers, they should be great for lunch at work. Made for ZWT8.

IngridH August 15, 2012

This is a keeper! I found the pastry easy to work with, and the filling is delicious. I used lamb and added a cooked potato, diced, since I had one left over from another dish. I will definitely make these again. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for ZWT6.

Pesto lover June 21, 2010

I spent my afternoon making these bites of deliciousness. I loved the use of lamb here, I wouldn't change it to beef, at least in my house. I even rolled out the pastry, (I hadn't done this before either). Boy the beer and the cream really added to this dish, and all the wonderful ingredients and spices were intertwined with such balance and goodness. This is one of my favorite of tour, and will continue to be for a long time to come! Made for ZWT 6 Zee Zesties! 2010

Andi of Longmeadow Farm June 21, 2010