At Vale of Mowbray, we’ve been baking pork pies since 1928. Forgive our lack of humility but that makes us pretty sure we know what works when it comes to pork pie accompaniments. We’ve had ample time to nail down our favourite accompaniments.
We’ve had a great deal of fun recently reading your responses to our competition earlier this year ‘What do You Eat with Yours?’ So whether you’re looking for the perfect accompaniment for one of our slicing pies, the Country or Grosvenor and Egg, or something to snaffle quietly with an individual pie for your office lunch, we’ve got the answers.
Sweet and Sour is a perfect taste sensation when it comes to balancing the meaty flavours and encasing pastry. But know this: not all pickles are created equal. The sweeter pickles, such as caramelised red onion, or yellow pepper, are going to hit the spot better than their sharper partners. Nonetheless, introduce an element of the vinegar flavour with sweet pickled veg: pickled beetroot is a wonderful accompaniment and makes for a mighty fine-looking plate balancing the pink of the pork.
Piccalilli is a firm favourite amongst us pork pie lovers. The beautiful spicing of piccalilli is the perfect balancing act to a decent portion of pork pie and salad. Even better, piccalilli speaks of our heritage, and in Yorkshire blending the Indian herbs and spices of Piccalilli with the hearty goodness of a fine pork pie is a natural marriage made in heaven.
Then for the puritans, the sweet accompaniment of a good quality tomato is hard to beat. The natural sweetness of the tomato cuts through the pie’s saltiness and all is well with the world. In fact grated carrot is another sweet vegetable which works well against the salty pork – grate and sprinkle in some raisins for a tasty pork pie side dish.
However, our top sweet accompaniment suggestion didn’t originate inside Yorkshire’s borders: we’re borrowing it from over the pond. Waldorf Salad makes a perfect meal out of a Vale of Mowbray pork pie. The sweetness of the apple and grapes is simply enhanced by the crunch of the nuts, put together on a fork with a mouthful of pork pie and you’re going to be coming back for more.
Our super-quick recipe for Waldorf Salad to go alongside Vale of Mowbray pork pies is:
This recipe makes enough for a perfect pork pie accompaniment for one, so scale up as required.
3 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 sweet apple, cored and chopped – leave the skin on
8 red seedless grapes
½ stick of celery finely chopped
½ cup of walnuts, chopped
Simply combine the mayonnaise and lemon juice in a bowl and season. Next mix in the remaining ingredients. Slice the pork pie, spoon on the Waldorf Salad, and enjoy!
Whatever your favourite sweet accompaniment be sure to spread the word. We love hearing what you enjoy about our pork pies, so feel free to leave a comment with your favourite sides.