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Devizes Pie

Devizes Pie was a pie made in Wiltshire, England. It has has long since fallen out of fashion.

The pie's filling is made from:
  • cold trimmed calves' head slices
  • calve's brain
  • pickled tongue
  • sweetbreads
  • meat from the calf
  • meat from a lamb
  • slices of bacon
  • hard-boiled eggs

This mixture is put in an oven-proof dish, covered with a top pie crust, baked, then let cool.

To serve, the crust is removed (sic), and the contents turned out onto a serving platter, garnished and served room temperature.

Literature & Lore

"DEVIZES PIE: Cut into very thin slices, after being dressed, cold calf’s head, with some of the brains, pickled tongue, sweetbreads, lamb, veal, a few slices of bacon, and hard-boiled eggs; put them in layers into a pie-dish, with plenty of seasoning between each, of cayenne, white pepper, allspice, and salt; fill up the dish with rich gravy; cover it with a flour-and-water paste; bake it in a slow oven, and when perfectly cold, take off the crust, and turn the pie out upon a dish; garnish it with parsley and pickled eggs cut into slices."

-- Catherine Emily Callbeck Dalgairns. The Practice of Cookery: Adapted to the Business of Every Day Life. London: Richard Griffin and Company. 1840.

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Oulton, Randal. "Devizes Pie." CooksInfo.com. Published 02 July 2005; revised 12 March 2010. Web. Accessed 04/21/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/devizes-pie>.

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