Our Favourite Healthy Pork Pie Accompaniments


If your New Year’s Resolution is to get 2016 off to a healthy start, you might wonder if you can still enjoy our delicious Yorkshire pork pies. Made with delicious pork and a hot water-crust pastry case, they’re packed full of protein and make a nutritious treat as part of a balanced diet. But what can you pair them with for a healthy meal? We’ve listed our favourite low-calorie, high-taste accompaniments below to get your 2016 food goals off to a great start.

Juicy Apple Salad

Pork and apple is about the most classic combination you can get, and we love this accompaniment for a cold pork pie. Not only is it easy to make in just a few minutes – so perfect for after school or work – it’s full of delicious healthy ingredients that are still really high in taste.

You Will Need:
One apple per person. Any eating apple will do, but we think the tangy-er the better!
2 cherry tomatoes per person, or 1 ‘ordinary’ tomato per 2 people
1/4 of a small white onion per person
A handful of coriander per person
A small handful of almonds per person
Olive oil
2 tsp mustard
2 tsp honey
2 tsp cider vinegar
Salt and pepper

To Make Your Salad:

Sweat the onion in a frying pan for a few minutes, whilst chopping the apple into thin slices. Chop the tomatoes and coriander, and mix together in a bowl with the onions and almonds. In a separate bowl, mix the mustard, honey and cider vinegar together with a good glug of olive oil until you get a thin consistency, and add salt and pepper. Mix the dressing through your salad and voila – dinner is served!

Garlic Aubergines

If you’re serving your pork pie hot, this is a perfect accompaniment that’s also a little bit different. We don’t use aubergines much in British cooking, but any fans of greek food can tell you they’re absolutely delicious.

You Will Need:
An aubergine, sliced thinly
A couple of cloves of garlic
Some olive oil
A chopped handful of your favourite herb. We like parsley, but rosemary and thyme also go really well.

To Make Your Garlic Aubergines:

Per-heat your oven to 200 degrees celsius, and in the meantime thinly slice your aubergine and crush your garlic cloves. Mix the garlic with a few tablespoons of oil, then lay the aubergine slices out on a baking tray. Drizzle with the garlic and oil mixture, and pop into the oven for about 15 minutes until cooked through. Once they’re done, sprinkle the chopped herbs over the top, and serve with your pork pie.

Sweet Potato Fries

This may sound almost too easy, but did you know that sweet potatoes have fewer calories and carbs than white potatoes? http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/03/white-potatoes-vs-sweet-potatoes-which-is-healthier/ This makes them a great substitution, and they’re so delicious they feel like a treat too! These sweet potato fries will knock your socks off.

You Will Need:

A medium sweet potato per person
Some olive oil
Herbs and spices!

To Make Your Sweet Potato Fries:

Pre-heat your oven to 220 degrees celsius. Peel your sweet potatoes, and slice into cm-thick slices. Chop into chip-shaped sticks, and put into a sandwich bag along with the olive oil and spices of your choice. We left this deliberately vague up above because it’s great fun experimenting to see which spices you like best. Our favourites are; plain salt and pepper, cumin, curry powder, paprika, garlic, chilli flakes…and that’s just naming a few! Shake the chips in the bag until they’re all coated with the mixture, and spread out on a baking tray. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes until they’re crispy on the outside and soft in the middle, and serve with a hot or cold pork pie.

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