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Mince Pies have become a firm tradition at Christmas for many of us, and with vegetarian varieties of mincemeat now available, they can be enjoyed by everyone, as can the numerous other recipes using this old ingredient.


About Suet

Suet is the dense fat which surrounds beef kidneys.  Unprocessed suet is now difficult to obtain, as many butchers no longer get the kidneys in tact but shredded suet is easily purchased in packets and this is the type of suet most recipes call for. It's now even possible to purchase vegetarian suet. Suet is a traditional ingredient used for both sweet and savoury steamed puddings and is used in the making of mincemeat. It is also sometimes used to feed birds! You can read more about suet and its properties and uses here.


Mincemeat Recipes

Below are some traditional and alternative recipes using mincemeat.


Filo Parcels and Mince Pies

Sing a song of mincemeat, currants, raisins, spice,   Apples, sugar, nutmeg,  everything that's nice

Excerpt from Elizabeth Gould's poem "Mincemeat"


Traditional Mincemeat Recipe


Golden Apple Mincemeat

A vegetarian alternative

Christmas Mince Pies
This is a recipe for basic mince pies but you can make them even more festive by cutting the top pastry crusts into shapes such as Christmas trees, reindeers and snowmen. Donít worry about the filling drying outÖ.it wonít.


Filo Mincemeat Parcels
If youíre fed up with the usual shortcrust pastry used for mince pies, use this recipe instead. Very chic and especially nice for parties. Make them even more Ďadultí by sprinkling a few drops of Brandy or other alcohol before you seal them up.


Vegan Mincemeat Muffins

These are equally as good using ordinary mincemeat for a non-vegan/vegetarian version


Apple and Mincemeat Tart
Donít like Christmas Pudding? Well this is an equally festive substitute. Itís also a lot lighter on the stomach providing you stick to one portion !


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