Kangaroo Pie for Australia Day
Kangaroo Pie for Australia Day

Kangaroo Pie for Australia Day

Australia Day recipes, Kangaroo Pie, riberry cooking, australian native food

As the rain comes bucketing down and even our “Plan B” for Australia Day celebrations are cancelled I comfort myself with the knowledge that this means I can happily lie in bed all day and not feel the least bit guilty.

As we speak it is now 10.25am and I have my computer in bed with me and no intention of moving. My dear husband has bought me my usual breakfast in bed, of a cappuccino, and I have settled in for the day.

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Our Australia Day plans have been cancelled for the second time as my friends have been flooded in, their home was to be the venue for our celebrations.  Thankfully their home is high and dry, but the access road into the property is underwater.

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So alas, all I can do is share pictures of what we are now eating on our own, for a very quiet solo Australia Day.

I love our native Australian flavours so I prepared a Kangaroo Pie with Riberry. The flavour of the pie is rich and meaty, with a fresh, sweet Eucalyptus after taste from the Riberry. The inclusion of a cup of wine gives the pie depth of flavour and the potato layer adds a real comfort food feel.  It is perfect for this miserable weather.

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Ingredients:

Filling:

1kg Kangaroo Mince

1 cup red wine

1 cup Riberry

1 onion diced

2 cloves garlic grated

2 Tbs sugar

1 cup water

3 t/s cornflour

Mash:

4 medium potatoes

50gm butter

½ cup milk

1 sheet shortcrust pastry

1 sheet puff pastry

Method:

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees

Kangaroo mince pie

In a large saucepan cook the mince, wine, onion and garlic. Break up any larger pieces of mince as you stir.

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Continue to cook until the meat is done.  Add the riberries and sugar, cook further until the wine is mostly absorbed.

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In a cup make a watery paste with the cornflour and water. Add the liquid to the mince and stir until the mixture thickens slightly and the liquid becomes a gravy. Leave to cool.

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Line a pie dish with the shortcrust pastry. Bake the pie shell blind for 20mins or until just golden. Remove the baking beads and cook the base for another 10 minutes taking care not to colour the sides of the pie too much. Remove from the oven and reserve for later use.

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Boil the chopped up potatoes. Drain the water and add the milk and butter. Mash until smooth.

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To assemble the pie, pour the minced meat into the pie shell and smooth over evenly. Add the layer of mashed potatoes and again smooth the potato over the meat base.

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Place the sheet of puff pastry over the pie and trim to size. Add a slit in the centre for the heat to escape.

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Bake for 10-15 minutes on 200 degrees until golden.

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Serve!

Happy Australia Day everyone, I hope your plans weren’t ruined by the weather.

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Comments

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your plans being cancelled and I’m glad to hear everyone’s houses are ok. ut being in bed at 10.30am is definitely a luxury you have earned! happy Australia Day! 🙂

  2. Oh what a shame mother nature had other plans for your Australia Day festivities. More pie for you? Your pie looks awesome and I don’t think you could get more Aussie than your one.

  3. I’m sorry to hear about the weather. It was fine here in Melbourne although our plans were cancelled for very different reasons (we were just lazy, or rather my parents were). It was meant to be more celebrations for my brother who just turned 19 on the 25th. 🙂

    The pie looks fantastic! Although I’m not a huge fan of kangaroo since it’s so lean! I like my fattier meats 😛

  4. I finally got out of bed at 11.30am (which is a personal record for me). The weather cleared at about 2.00pm and the festivities went on despite the bad weather. So all in all a great day!

    Thanks for the lovely comments everyone!

  5. Not sure if my first comment took…
    Anyhow sorry that the weather killed your plans for celebration. Glad to stop in and see an authentic Austrailan dish. I am now going to google riberries!
    I hope the weather clears so you can have a good weekend!

  6. Haha, brilliant! I actually love kangaroo, we have an Australian place in my home town in Germany that serves the best ever kangaroo burger 🙂

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