Steak and Kidney Pudding

Marina Sirtis enjoys cooking.  She has shared recipes with TV Guide, fans, and the Star Trek Cookbook.  One of her favourite dishes is Steak and Kidney Pudding, a traditional English favourite.  She recently tweeted to fans mentioning Delia Smith's Kidney & Steak Pudding.

 

Steak and Kidney Pudding

INGREDIENTS

For the suet crust pastry:

12 oz (350 g) self-raising flour

6 oz (175 g) shredded beef suet*

Pinch salt and freshly milled black pepper

For the filling:

1.25 lb (560g) chuck steak

10 oz (275 g) ox kidney – you’ll have 8 oz (225g) after trimming

2 level tablespoons well-seasoned flour

1 medium onion, sliced

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Salt and freshly milled black pepper

For the steak and kidney gravy:

1 onion, halved

1 teaspoon beef dripping

1 heaped dessertspoon flour

Gravy browning (optional)

Worcestershire sauce

Salt and freshly milled black pepper

You will also need a well-buttered, 2½ pint (1.5-litre) capacity pudding basin.

(From us: You will also need a large steamer pot. Beef suet is generally not available in North America, but Marina says you can use the suet in a box. This is known as Atora and we found it on Amazon!)

Steak and Kidney Pudding (by Delia Smith)

METHOD

To make the pastry, first sift the flour and the salt into a large mixing bowl. Add some freshly milled black pepper, then add the suet and mix it into the flour using the blade of a knife. When it's evenly blended, add a few drops of cold water and start to mix with the knife, using curving movements and turning the mixture around. The aim is to bring it together as a dough, so keep adding drops of water until it begins to get really claggy and sticky.

Now abandon the knife, go in with your hands and bring it all together until you have a nice smooth elastic dough, which leaves the bowl clean. It's worth noting that suet pastry always needs more water than other types, so if it is still a bit dry just go on adding a few drops at a time. After that, take a quarter of the dough for the lid, then roll the rest out fairly thickly. What you need is a circle, about 13 inches (32.5 cm) in diameter. Now line the bowl with the pastry, pressing it well all around.

Next chop the steak and kidney into fairly small cubes (reserving the trimmings for the gravy), toss them in the seasoned flour, then add them to the pastry-lined basin with the slices of onion. Add enough cold water to reach almost the top of the meat and sprinkle in a few drops of Worcestershire sauce and another seasoning of salt and pepper. Roll out the pastry lid, dampen its edges and put it in position on the pudding. Seal well and cover with a double sheet of foil, pleated in the centre to allow room for expansion while cooking.

Now secure it with string, making a little handle so that you can lift it out of the hot steamer. Then place it in a steamer over boiling water. Steam for 5 hours, topping up the boiling water halfway through.

To make the gravy, simply place the meat trimmings in a saucepan with the half onion, cover with 1 pint of water, add some seasoning and simmer for approximately 1 hour. Then strain the stock, and in the same pan fry the remaining onion, chopped small, in the beef dripping until soft and blackened at the edges. Then stir in the flour, gradually add the stock little by little to make a smooth gravy, adding a spot of gravy browning if it's needed. Taste to check the seasoning and add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce. You can either serve the pudding by spooning portions straight out of the bowl, or slide a palette knife round the edge and turn the whole thing out on to a serving plate (which is more fun!).