Carri Pavitt of Pavitt's Pies brought me round a couple of her new Beef and Ale pies to sample.
The pies are not due to be launched until later in the year at the Cambridge Retro Disco on October 26th, but we were afforded a sneak preview; unlike Carri's standard beef and ale pies, this one is made with Night Watch porter from Moonshine Brewery in Fulbourn.
For the uninitiated, porter is a dark, usually sweet bitter beer, rather like a stout - and there is clearly a reasonable amount used in the pie, as the flavour is noticeable.
As a result, you'll probably need to match this pie with more beer, rather than wine.
As for the rest of the ingredients, they are up to the usual excellent standards of Pavitt's - the beef is exceptionally tender and full of flavour; the sweetness of the porter is complemented by the carrot-and-celery based gravy.
The pie is generously filled - the meat goes all the way up to the top - and the pastry is deliciously buttery.
Wonderful comfort food; serve with mash, green beans and plenty of beer - ideally more Moonshine porter, but any well-flavoured real ale will do.
Pavitt's Pies are available from Urban Larder, The Larder at Burwash Manor or direct from Pavitt's Pies via home delivery.
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