“Game of Thrones” Frey Pie — A Tasty Pastry Recipe That’s Not Just For Fans

You have a bone to pick with someone and really want to drop them a hint? SPOILER ALERT, but Walder Frey from Game of Thrones got a "tasty" warning in the form of a pie prepared for his last meal. The cruel and unscrupulous lord was served the dish containing his two dead sons before he was murdered in a revenge attack. At least we've decided just to use ground beef to prepare this delicious dish. But the choice of meat is up to you!

You'll Need:

For the ground beef filling:

  • oil for frying
  • 26½ oz ground beef
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 4½ oz diced bacon
  • 2 diced carrots
  • 3½ oz diced rutabaga
  • 4½ oz chopped mushrooms
  • ½ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp rosemary
  • 1¾ oz butter
  • 1 oz flour
  • 17 fl oz stock

For the shortcrust pasty:

  •  8 oz cold butter, in cubes
  • 10½ oz flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4⅓ fl oz buttermilk

Here's How:

  1. Heat some oil in a large pan and brown the ground beef in it. Season the meat with salt and pepper and then add the onion as well as the bacon. Mix in the vegetables and add the rosemary and oregano. Take the pan off the heat. 
  2. Melt the butter in a small pan and stir in the flour with a whisk. Add in the stock and allow it to cook, before adding the broth to the ground meat and vegetables.
  3. Knead together the ingredients for the shortcrust pastry and place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes. After it has been chilled, roll out two thirds of the dough until it's about ⅛ in thick on a work surface covered in flour. Then place the dough in a springform pan 7 inches in diameter. Leave any excess dough that hangs over the edge.
  4. Fill the pie with the ground meat and vegetables. Roll the rest of the dough into a circle large enough to make a pastry lid. Place it over the filling and pinch the edges together with the excess dough from earlier. Lastly, cut a cross in the pie crust, then bake the whole thing for 50 minutes in a convection oven at 320°F. 

You don't have to be a Game of Thrones fan to to enjoy this savory treat with a slightly unusual origin story. If this dish has increased your appetite for hearty pies, you might also like to try our Chicken Pastry Pies  and Ragout Tart.


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