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Catholic Recipe: Mincemeat for Pie


  • 1 pound chopped boiled beef
  • 1/2 pound chopped suet
  • 1 pound dried currants
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 1 pound citron
  • 1 pound sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • grated peel of 1/2 orange
  • juice of 2 oranges
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • grated peel of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups cider
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 cup sherry
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mace
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 pounds Apples
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: England

Mincemeat pie is an English delicacy for Christmas. Here's the recipe for the mincemeat, which really has no meat at all.


Mix all of the ingredients and store in a crock in a cool place or fill into sterilized jars. If the mincemeat is to be used considerably later, omit the apples from the original recipe, and when filling the piecrust add an equal amount of sliced apples.

Recipe Source: Feast Day Cookbook by Katherine Burton and Helmut Ripperger, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1951
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